The programme offers courses in the theory and practice of curatorship, developing in students a sophisticated awareness of the practicalities, politics and poetics of working with collections of many kinds. Students are encouraged to bring the disciplinary insights of their undergraduate major (whether this be in the visual arts, the humanities or the sciences) to the curating of both material and virtual collections, and are offered opportunities to work on exhibitions in public spaces and in the digital realm. A major aim of this programme is to introduce students, through seminars, fieldwork and workshops, to the central skills of a curator: to understand objects and how to research them, to work with collections, convening them in exhibitions, and to collaborate with artists, mediating their production. In 2020 we will continue our special focus on object studies, and the multiple ways in which such a focus can help transform museum practice.
Coloured, a documentary produced by the Centre for Curating the Archive, will be part of South Africa History Online's film festival programme later this month. The documentary focusses on two pageants, Miss May Western Cape and Spring Queen, and follows the journey of those seeking recognition and struggling to find a place in a post-apartheid society.
As part of the CCA Collegian Talk series Tauriq Jenkins will be speaking on: The role of heritage protection through the arts and ‘unclenching the heart’ —classical theatre arts rehabilitation in incarcerated spaces. Tuesday the 20th of August @1pm, Anaotomy Lecture Theatre, Michaelis School of Fine Art.
An analysis of Democratic South Africa’s National Estate: a CCA Collegian Talk by Lynn Abrahams. The talk will take place at 1pm on Tuesday the 13th of August in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre at the Michaelis School of Fine Art.
Verwoerd and his assassins: Art, Archive and Biography, the next CCA Collegian Talk is this Wednesday (the 7th of August) at 17:30 in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, all are welcome to attend. There will be a screening of The Master is Drowning and Obscure White Messenger followed by a discussion with Penny Siopis and Mark Gevisser on her films on Dimitri Tsafendas and David Pratt, and the recent books about them.
As part of Iziko South African Gallery's Conservation Week, the honours in curatorship students, along with other students from around the country and a selected number of institutional professionals, take part in an informative and invaluable conservation workshop. This year the workshop ran from the 15th to the 19th of July with invited conservator Patricia Smithen.
Prestwich Place Memorial: the treatment of human remains. Beáta America, an honours in curatorship student, looks into the history of the Prestwich Place Memorial; how human remains are kept, displayed and looked after; and the controversial placement of Truth Coffee Company.
As part of the core Honours in Curatorship course, Working with Museum Collections, each of the twelve members of the class had to choose an object from one of the University of Cape Town’s collections (be it the archaeology collection, the Bolus Herbarium, the Pathology Learning Centre or the oology collection, to name but a few). After choosing their object they researched them as far as possible, putting them under intense scrutiny, and producing an object study. These studies can be found on our Object Ecologies website. From there they had to choose a secondary object from their everyday lives to pair with their original object and, as a class, find a way of curating these twenty-four, very different, objects into one curated project. The exhibition, and accompanying catalogue, titled “Colour in the lines” is what they came up with.
Under the Dome is an experimental film festival run by the CCA in collaboration with Iziko's Planetarium and digital dome. The CCA, in the hopes of producing more boundary-pushing content for a space that has been traditionally reserved for astronomy, put out a call to filmmakers in South Africa. Out of the many proposals we received we have chosen six films that will launch at a festival at Iziko's Planetarium in November of this year.