Corner of Bertha & Jorissen Streets
Wednesday – Sunday
10:00 – 16:00 Visit Website
Wits Art Museum is home to an extraordinary collection of African art, including contemporary and historical art from South Africa and art from West and Central Africa.
The Museum is one of Johannesburg’s premier tourist attractions, along with the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill. It is part of the Wits University Cultural Precinct, just three blocks from Nelson Mandela Bridge.
The celebrated and internationally recognised pianist, Kathleen Tagg, and Wits Music students will perform this First Thursdays Johannesburg. The composition is inspired by the current exhibition "Beyond the Readymade".
Tagg is a musician and composer who has performed on four continents. Her catalogue of 70 songs and arrangements includes the musical "Erika’s Wall" and commissions from the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, Jewish Culture Fest Vienna and David Krakauer.
This is the final in a series of performances that showcase diverse young musical talents on the continent. It is organised in collaboration with the Wits Music Department. Kathleen Tagg’s residency was funded as part of the Arts Research Africa project in The Wits School of Arts, with a grant from the The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The event is free and all are welcome. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis.
Underground parking is available for the evening. Entrance to the parking left off Jorissen Street, after Station Street intersection.
Drawn from Wits Art Museum’s incredible permanent collection, Beyond the Readymade is a celebration of the use of found objects in art.
French artist Marcel Duchamp first coined the term ‘readymade’ in 1915 to refer to artworks made from found objects (such as the infamous urinal and the iconic Bicycle Wheel). Curated by South African art researcher and artist Dr Alison Kearney, Beyond the Readymade applies the notion of ‘readymade’ to African artworks.
Featuring works such as Yoruba ibeji figures and Congolese a Kongo Nkisi (images of powerful deities), Beyond the Readymade examines how meanings and values shift when everyday objects are elevated to an artwork and looks at how an artist’s social, familial, cultural and religious backgrounds impact on the resulting artwork.
Digital Imaginaries: Premonition is an exploration by artists who imagine and critique how globalised digital technology systems shape and shift African futures. The exhibitions explores questions surrounding data, knowledge and decolonisation in a globalised information society and is tied to the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival.
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