TENX10: 100 artworks, by women and gender diverse artists, from WAM collections.
TENX10 features artworks by 100 women and gender diverse artists, and marks Wits University’s centenary and Wits Art Museum’s tenth birthday.
In programming exhibitions, curators, including in this museum, has often neglected the extensive artistic contribution made by women and gender diverse artists to South African art. WAM therefore decided to focus primarily on these artists for the 2022 programming. TENX10 is the launch of that year-long focus.
The artworks on exhibition span 100 years with the earliest from around 1920 and the most recent from 2020, a century later. All are drawn from the sub-collections comprising WAM’s holdings. Many techniques and materials are included, from painting to photography, beads to bronze. Well-known artists and artists whose names we do not know are included, along with artworks by individual artists and those by artists’ collectives.
Multiples of ten also form the exhibition’s organising principle of using themes to highlight the diversity of the artworks. Themes are one way to make meaning of the artworks and offer ideas of ways to engage with them. Each artwork can suggest many themes and everyone viewing the exhibition has experiences and associations that influence the ways they understand artworks. The ten themes WAM curators have selected are: Relationships, History, Identity, Place, memory, Travel, Transition, Textual; Home and Found objects. The themes are communicated through different coloured shapes on the labels next to the works. The key to the colours is also provided on laminated sheets throughout the exhibition and in the Education Resource.
Considering themes is one way to make meaning of artworks. Everyone viewing the exhibition has experiences and associations that influence the ways they understand artworks, so many other themes can also be considered. Visitors are invited to share their interpretations with WAM and each other, and contribute to the response wall.
Blueprint for the DisOrder of Things
12 April - 04 June 2022.
Indigo, the colour used for a “blueprint” is central to this exhibition. Working across multiple media, artists books, monoprints, ‘veils’ and a video, this body of work plays on the title of Michel Foucault’s book The Order of Things. Many of the iterations incorporate the text Las Meninas, the first chapter of The Order of Things.
Started during the first hard lockdown in 2020, it is a body of work driven by the emotional, social, and political changes that have come about as a result of Covid-19. The texts throughout the exhibition are disrupted as a metaphor for the way in which the ordered world has been rendered one of DisOrder.
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Celebrating one hundred years: The rise and development of the artists book over the last 100 years
This exhibition celebrates the development of the artists book throughout the 21st century. Artists and books have been associated since the time of the illuminated manuscript, but the development of the artists book as we know it today began in the 1920s with the emergence of the livre d’ artiste. These relatively large, lavish, limited editions had inserts of original prints and drawings. Then in the 1950s and 60s, conceptual artists including Ed Ruscha and Dieter Roth integrated the book format into their art making practice. The term artists book was coined in the 1970s, today the artists book is widely used as a practical medium for self-expression. This exhibition displays a celebration of the some of the defining moments in the history of the medium.
Celebrating one hundred years: The rise and development of the artists book over the last 100 years, will be on show from April 1st, 2022, to June 3rd 2022.
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