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.
Current Honours in Curatorship student, Alexandra Martinez, reviews the exhibition “Dress Code” curated by 2016 graduate of the same programme, Heinrich Groenewald.
Last night I was at The Castle of Good Hope, at one time the administrative hub of the SADF in Cape Town. It was here that I attended the opening of NUTRIA: Imprints of the conscription into the SADF, an exhibition by Stephen Symons, where Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela gave an opening speech. Gobodo-Madikizela, now a professor of clinical psychology and previously a part of a special hearing on conscription for the TRC, told of a time, in 1983, when she found herself in a church in the Eastern Cape, surrounded by young, white men in uniform. She got up, not wanting to worship with men responsible for her people’s pain, and, as she did so, she made eye contact with one of the soldiers, she saw how young he was and it was this that made her think “what is it like to be forced into a war you know nothing about?”.
Erf 81: Two decades of living on the fringe was meant to take place last year but due to circumstances outside of the CCA’s control had to be postponed. However, we were extremely grateful to have the exhibition come together at the AVA Gallery and to have had such a wonderful turnout at the opening on Thursday the 25th of May. This could not have been sooner as the residents of Erf 81 (Tamboerskloof Farm) have been handed their eviction notice. We hope that through this exhibition we can draw attention to these evictions and help, in some way, to save the farm.
Fire’s history is contradictory and paradoxical. There’s the unassuming fire that results from the burning kindling and invites reverie, or the conflagration brought about by the gesture of an arsonist. Fire may be the inadvertent spark that results in destruction or the wholesale damage brought about by the military might. Yet we cook with fire and warm ourselves in front of its comforting presence. Ravaging the environment, it also replenishes. Fire destroys lives and structures, but it also mesmerizes and we celebrate it. Damning yet redemptive, destructive but also comforting, fire leads a charmed life
Collections: n. the act of collecting; the gathering of contributions; from collect v.t.to assemble or bring together: to put (one’s thoughts) in order: to accumulate.
The staff of the Centre for Curating the Archive (CCA) were devastated to hear of the untimely death of David Brown, one of South Africa’s foremost sculptors. Many of us had come to know David initially through his wife, Pippa Skotnes, but this quiet man with an impossibly rakish head of long wavy hair, made an imprint on each of the CCA staffers, particularly through his work with us in 2015.
Siona O’Connell’s curated exhibition Promises and Lies, a photographic exhibition of the ANC in exile in Tanzania and Zambia, opens tomorrow. The CCA, in preparation for this, interviewed her project manager, Jade Nair, on the exhibition.
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