The Honours in Curatorship programme, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is offered by the Michaelis School of Fine Art’s Centre for Curating the Archive in close collaboration with Iziko Museums.
Museums are in the business of collecting and preserving objects from the past and using these in research, exhibitions and education to help us understand our place in the world and the universe. Each year, the University of Cape Town Honours in Curatorship students who are doing the Working with Museum Collections module undertake an object study where they research and annotate an object from the Iziko collections.
With a BFA majoring in Printmaking, paper has always been the first language of the specialist and consultant Phillippa Duncan, for whom passion includes South African art of the 20th century, works on paper and prints. After spending a number of years working in the Fine Art auction world, Duncan started as an independent consultant.
On 17th and 18th July 2017, the Centre for Curating the Archives (CCA) organized a workshop for Honours in Curatorship students on exhibition histories. The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Lucy Steeds a senior research fellow with the art programme at Central Saint Martins of the University of the Arts London. Dr. Steeds also manages the Exhibition Histories Project for Afterall and contributes to the MRes Art: Exhibition Studies.
Dirk Winterbach is one of the artists, along with André Laubscher and Ashley Walters, who is exhibiting work in Erf 81: Two decades of living on the fringe, an exhibition that hopes to go some way towards saving the Tamboerskloof Farm where Dirk is both a resident and practising artist. Magdaleen du Toit is a student in the CCA’s Honours in Curatorship class. While studying she has also been interning for this exhibition and is deeply involved in the project. The exhibition is on until the 25th of June 2017 at the Association for Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery, 35 Church Street, Cape Town.
Stanley Pinker was an artist and recipient of the Molteno Medal for painting. He worked at Michaelis School of Fine Art as a lecturer for many years until 1986 when he retired. In 2012, at the age of 87, he passed away and was kind enough to leave a selection of his studio materials to the CCA who have created a Stanley Pinker Archive. Some of these items are currently at the Iziko National Gallery where Angela Zehnder, conservator, is looking at both items from the CCA’s archive and paintings by Pinker in the gallery’s collection.
Graduate of the 2016 Honours in Curatorship programme, and general computer whizz, Daniel Rautenbach is taking this years students through InDesign in a three day workshop. This will help the current students in their course Practical Communication lead by Iziko National Gallery curator Hayden Proud, where they have to design wall texts and labels, and in Working with Museum Collections where director of the Iziko Social History Centre, Dr Hamish Robertson, is supervising students in designing a set of informative greeting cards that feature objects from the social history centre’s collection.
Ashley Walters gave a walkabout of the exhibition Erf 81: Two decades of living on the fringe on Saturday the 10th of June at The Association for Visual Arts Gallery. For those of you who missed it we’ve taken some photos of the exhibition, itself, and some of the walkabout to give you a sense of the space but, better yet, the exhibition is on until the 25th of June which gives you time to see it in person. Catch it before it closes at the AVA Gallery, 35 Church Street, Cape Town.
An Interview with Heinrich Groenewald by Juliana Caffé
The collective exhibition Dress Code opened on the 11th of May at Gallery MOMO. The show, which runs until the 17th of June, presents the work of twelve South African artists ranging from emerging to well-established, who explore the medium of costume – from photography and video, through to performance and sculpture, as a way of add meaning to their artworks.