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What's happening at WAM this month

March 2017

Events

First Thursdays at WAM

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Please note that that WAM will not be open for First Thursdays this month. Please check in next month for our next First Thursday event

WAM Talkabout

Overtime: representations, values and imagined futures of 'classical African Art'

with Tatenda Magiasa and Katleho Shoro

Overtime - opening night

Date: 4 March 2017
Time: 12h00
Address: Wits Art Museum, corner of Bertha (ext. of Jan Smuts Ave) and Jorissen Streets, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
No booking required and entrance is free.  
 

Join us for a free talkabout with curators, Tatenda Magaisa and Katleho Shoro and the 12 participants involved in the latest WAM exhibition. Overtime engages the ‘classical African Art’ collection and the various ways that African cultural material has been, is and can be represented, valued and imagined in the future. To find out more on the exhibition, click here

Drop in Drawing

Lifescapes: Six Object Biographies

with Bronwen Findlay 

Black Modernims Drop in Drawing

Date: Saturday, 11 March 2017
Time: 12h00
Address: Wits Art Museum, corner of Bertha (ext. of Jan Smuts Ave) and Jorissen Streets, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
No booking required, entrance is free and no previous drawing experience required.   
 

Adults are invited to explore interesting parts of the WAM collection in this free artmaking workshop with artist and educator Bronwen Findlay. This month’s Drop in Drawing will take inspiration from the exhibition, Lifescapes: Six Object Biographies. Suitable for visitors 13 years or older.

Exhibition Opening

Moses Tladi (1903 - 1959)

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

Moses Tladi, No 1 Crown Mines, c 1938. Oil on canvas board. Private Collection. Image courtesy of Print Matters

Date: Tuesday, 14 March 2017
Time: 18h00 for 18h30
Address: Wits Art Museum, corner of Bertha (ext. of Jan Smuts Ave) and Jorissen Streets, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
RSVP by clicking here 
Parking is available on the evening only. Entrance left off Jorissen Street, just after Station Street intersection.
 

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. The exhibition is accompanied by the book, The Artist in the Garden:  The Quest for Moses Tladi, edited by Angela Read Lloyd and published by Print Matters. The exhibition will run until Sunday, 16 July 2017.

Special Lecture

Kongo: Majesty and Power

Presented by Alisa LaGamma (curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) 

Special WAM lecture: Kongo and Majesty

Date: Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Time: 18h00 for 18h30
Place: Wits Art Museum, corner of Bertha (ext. of Jan Smuts Ave) and Jorissen Streets, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Entrance is free. Seats are limited, please book your seat please email Leigh.Leyde@wits.ac.za or call 011 717 1378
 

WAM is privileged to host a special lecture by Alisa LaGamma, the Ceil and Michael E. Pulitzer Curator in Charge of the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. LaGamma curated a critically acclaimed exhibition on Kongo (present day Angola and DRC) art at the Metropolitan Museum in 2015. In this lecture, she will examine Kongo society’s history and artistic traditions in the context of its relationship with Europe over half a millennium.  

Family Talkabout

Family Talkabout

Lifescapes: Six Object Biographies

with Puleng Plessie

Family Talkabout

 

Date: Saturday, 18 March 2017
Time: 12h00
Place: Wits Art Museum, corner of Bertha (ext. of Jan Smuts Ave) and Jorissen Streets, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Entrance is free. Space is limited, please RSVP by emailing info.wam@wits.ac.za  or call 011 717 1378
 

Families are invited to explore the Lifescapes: Six Object Biographies exhibition and participate in an art-making class with skilled art educator, Puleng Plessie. Works by Jane Alexander, Kitwa Biseke, George Mahashe, Judith Mason, Nesta Nala, Paul Stopforth and some unnamed artists, will provide wonderful opportunities for exploration and conversations.

WAM Talkabout

WAM Talkabout

Lifescapes: Six Object Biographies

with Stacey Vorster and Justine Wintjes

Lifescapes: Six Object Biographies

Date: Saturday, 25 March 2017
Time: 12h00
Place: Wits Art Museum, corner of Bertha (ext. of Jan Smuts Ave) and Jorissen Streets, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
No booking required and entrance is free.
Email: info.wam@wits.ac.za for any queries.

Join the co-curators of the exhibition as they walk and talk through the six object biographies that have resulted from the culmination of an innovative post-graduate course, ‘Writing Art’s Histories’, run by the Wits History of Art department. 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.

No booking required and entrance is free.
Email: info.wam@wits.ac.za for any queries.

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