HISTORY OF ART
Wits History of Art is engaged in multiple contemporary practices that include curating exhibitions, publishing print portfolios, hosting seminars and workshops, 3D modelling of rock art sites, advising prominent art collections, and collaborating with a beadwork collective. Our practice extends across teaching, learning, research and public engagement.
Wits History of Art Head, Dr Rory Bester has been invited to join the Global Nominator Panel for the seventh cycle of the Prix Pictet, the world’s leading prize in photography and sustainability.
Wits History of Art welcomes Leslie Wilson who is visiting South Africa as part of her doctoral research on the development and popularization of color photography in South Africa.
Tshego Mabaso, Kiyara Ananmalay and Gontse Mathabathe at Marianne Fassler’s fashion show, part of Mercedes Benz Fashion week at Nelson Mandela Square.
Joni Brenner’s latest solo exhibition ran at London Gallery, Art First between 8 October – 14 November 2015.
Wits History of Art welcomes Katharina Jörder who is visiting South Africa as part of her doctoral research on the photography of the apartheid regime between 1948 and 1989.
title: a group exhibition collectively curated by eleven postgraduate students in History of Art, ran from 4-7 November 2015 at The Point of Order,
Citizen Science is defined as “the systematic collection and analysis of data; development of technology; testing of natural phenomena; and the dissemination of these activities by researchers on a primarily avocational basis.”
Art historian and curator Rory Bester has selected works from the museum’s permanent collection and augmented these with loans that reflect on the patterns of repetition and recognition in turning over and overturning of art histories.
In early September, Dr Justine Wintjes led a panel session at the annual SAVAH conference in Pietermaritzburg based on the postgraduate course, Writing Art’s Histories.
In early June 2015, postgraduate students in the ‘Writing Art’s Histories’ course accompanied Justine Wintjes, Joni Brenner, Stacey Vorster and Laura de Becker on a writing retreat to an incredible yoga retreat nestled in the rolling hills of the Magaliesburg.
We have started a scholarship fund for postgraduate study and research at Wits History of Art. Part of the University’s Century Campaign, this fund aims to become a R22-million endowment by 2022.
Wits History of Art is about a community of practice, within and outside the University. For their contributions, participation and support in making Wits History of Art a special place, we would especially like to thank: Leigh Blanckenberg Wits Art Museum (WAM) Lerato Bereng Stevenson Gallery, Johannesburg Jillian Carman VIAD University of Johannesburg Clive Chipkin Architectural Historian, author of Johannesburg Style Paul Davis Centre for the Creative Arts of Africa (CCAA) Laura de Becker Wits Art Museum (WAM) James French Bag Factory Michael Godby Michaelis School of Fine Arts, University of Cape Town David Goldblatt Photographer Joseph Gaylard formerlyVANSA Khwezi Gule Hector Pieterson Museum Sarah Hallatt Bag Factory Jeannine Howse Gordon Schachat Collection Ra Hlasane Keleketla Library, and Wits Fine Arts Tom Huffman Wits School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Science Euridice Kala Independent Curator Clive Kellner Gordon Schachat Collection Loren Landau Wits Forced Migration Studies Emma Laurence Goodman Gallery Kate Lewis Artist David Lewis-Williams Wits Rock Art Research Institute Portia Malatjie Independent Curator Bettina Malcomess Wits Fine Arts Edward Matenga University of Great Zimbabwe Gideon Mendel Photographer Dilip Menon Wits Centre for Indian Studies in Africa Tiffany Mentoor Market Photo Workshop Muzi Msimanga Filmmaker Riason Naidoo Iziko South African National Gallery Musha Neluheni Johannesburg Art Gallery Anitra Nettleton Centre for the Creative Arts of Africa (CCAA) Siona O’Connell Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town Renaud Proch Independent Curators International (ICI) Claudia Marion Stemberger Independent Curator Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum Centre for the Creative Arts of Africa (CCAA) Amy Watson Independent Curator Rat Western Fine Arts, Rhodes University Gavin Whitelaw KwaZulu-Natal Museum Nelisiwe Xaba Artist