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Current exhibitions



Lifescapes: Six Object Biographies

 1 February - 9 July 2017

Mboko_bowl bearing figure_detail of headsWits Art Museum is excited to invite you to Lifescapes, an exhibition that is the culmination of an innovative post-graduate course entitled ‘Writing Art’s Histories’, run by the Wits History of Art department. The course requires each student to write the ‘biography’ of a single object from WAM’s collection. The exhibition presents six objects researched by students in 2015 in dialogue with other objects and pictures, evoking aspects of their wider lives that students uncovered. The biographies are published in detail in an accompanying book of the same name. Lifescapes is the third in a series of linked books and exhibitions based on postgraduate object biography research and we are delighted to host it at WAM for the first time.

Artist unrecorded (attributed to Kitwa Biseke). Mboko (bowl-bearing figure). Luba, Democratic Republic of the Congo. c.1930, patinated wood, (w) 31 x (h) 53 x (d) 30.4 cm. Wits Museum of Ethnology Collection (Wits Art Museum).



Moses Tladi (1903 - 1959) 

15 March - 16 July 2017

Moses Tladi. No 1 Crown Mines. Undated. Oil on canvas board. 350 x 500mm. Angela Read Lloyd private collection. Image courtesy of Print Matters. 

Wits Art Museum (WAM) is excited to host the seminal exhibition, Moses Tladi (1903-1959) in celebration of Moses Tladi. Previously shown at Iziko South African National Gallery (SANG), Johannesburg viewers will now have the opportunity to explore the life and work of one of South Africa's great, but largely unknown landscape painters. Many of the works on the exhibition come from the Tladi family's private collection.

Moses Tladi. No 1 Crown Mines. Undated. Oil on canvas board. 35 x 50 cm. Angela Read Lloyd private collection. Image courtesy of Print Matters. 



Michael MacGarry - Show No Pain: The collected films of Michael MacGarry 1999 - 2017SHOW NO PAIN
The collected films of Michael MacGarry 1999 - 2017

3 May - 18 June 2017

Wits Art Museum presents SHOW NO PAIN a solo exhibition by Johannesburg-based artist, Michael MacGarry. The exhibition is a survey show of MacGarry’s film and video work, from early animations as a student in 1999 through to a purpose-made two-channel film installation titled Parang, focused on the artist’s family history in the Far East.

The exhibition consists of sixteen works across short film, animation and feature-length video installation as well as text-based works describing films the artist has never made. The exhibition is built around several recurring themes in the artist’s filmic oeuvre. Notably: the interrogation of Modern architecture; historical cinematic representations of Africa; man and landscape; notions of entropy and the concept of eternal recurrence.

Michael MacGarry. 2017. Parang. Two-channel video installation. 11 minutes 34 seconds, black and white, stereo, 24 fps. Edition 5 + 2 A.P.

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