History of Art
History of Art (HoA) is a department that offers three postgraduate degrees in History of Art, Contemporary Curatorial Practice and Heritage Studies.
Currently, the only undergraduate courses offered are for history of art. These courses are offered as subject majors for the Bachelor of Art in Fine Arts degree and as optional courses for general Bachelor of Arts students. In our undergraduate courses, we focus on a range of themes, theories, spaces and times, which all begin with an understanding of our own position in Johannesburg, South Africa. We explore a diverse range of discourses through which we seek to challenge established paradigms and histories.
More broadly, as a department, we undertake a dialogical and transversal approach to the critical study of visual and public culture. Expanding the notion of visual arts and heritage practices, our programmes explore modalities that traverse and go beyond the parameters of public history-making, exhibitions and theory. They aim to develop students who think with and beyond art. They encourage intertextual and intersectional approaches to theory and practice. Thinking of our programs as part laboratory, part residency and part academy, our degrees become platforms from which to think critically about decolonial methods of teaching that stress the importance of learning from multiple sites of knowledge.
The broadened focus of our programmes includes, but is not limited to; questions of the para-curatorial, art histories, diverse notions of culture and heritage, curatorial methodologies, exhibition making, self-organisation, new institutionalisms, artistic research, collaborative production and the various meanings of curatorial practices within the present.