The Honours in Curatorship students recently went on a field trip to the new Norval Foundation in Steenberg. We were excited to be greeted by two graduates of the programme who now work at the foundation, Marc Smith (class of 2016) and Güte Immelman (class of 2017), and just as excited to be taken on a private tour. The tour was led by Kutlwano Mogojwa, curatorial and collections assistant, who took us through Re/discovery and Memory (curated by Karel Nel and on until the 20th of September) which houses work by Sydney Kumalo (South Africa), Ezrom Legae (South Africa) and Edoardo Villa (Italy), an installation by Serge Alain Nitegeka (Burundi), as well as the temporary exhibition Pulling at Threads (on until the 20th of August). We then went on to get a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes curatorial process and were taken down into Norval's impressive underground storage vaults. Lastly, we wandered around the sculpture garden, marvelling at works such as Ophelia (2012) by Nandipha Mntambo and Again Again (2015) by Brett Murray, both graduates of the Michaelis School of Fine Art.
We were pleased to host ruby onyinyechi amanze for the first of the CCA's Collegian Talks. On the 17th of May amanze spoke on the process her drawings take and the importance of this in the final artwork, looking at her own immersion into the work, quite literally at times, as well as outside influences from different places she has been to and people she's met to how these manifest in the recurring characters of her work..
The Centre for Curating the Archive has two positions available for reliable and organised individuals wanting to join our great team! We are looking for both a project assistant and a publications assistant.
The CCA was sad to see the exhibition Erf 81: Two decades of living on the fringe come down on the week of the 26th of June 2017 . Thank you to everyone who came to see it. We managed to collection over 170 signatures in the petition book, at the exhibition, and we hope we can still save the farm.
The Honours in Curatorship programme, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is offered by the Michaelis School of Fine Art’s Centre for Curating the Archive in close collaboration with Iziko Museums.
Museums are in the business of collecting and preserving objects from the past and using these in research, exhibitions and education to help us understand our place in the world and the universe. Each year, the University of Cape Town Honours in Curatorship students who are doing the Working with Museum Collections module undertake an object study where they research and annotate an object from the Iziko collections.
With a BFA majoring in Printmaking, paper has always been the first language of the specialist and consultant Phillippa Duncan, for whom passion includes South African art of the 20th century, works on paper and prints. After spending a number of years working in the Fine Art auction world, Duncan started as an independent consultant.