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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.
For the past decade, in an ongoing project titled The Lost Men, renowned artist Paul Emmanuel has challenged conventions around war memorials. He has questioned which soldiers are memorialised and which are erased, and the stereotypes around soldiers and masculinity. Featuring artworks from his three iterations of The Lost Men, Paul Emmanuel – Men and Monuments highlights vulnerability, an aspect of masculinity so often denied by history and society. The exhibition will be opened by Sonia Doña Perez, the Consulate General of France in South Africa.
The Jack Ginsberg Centre for Book Arts presents a retrospective exhibition of the work of acclaimed and influential book artist, Walter Hamady. The founder of the award winning Perishable Press, Hamady was an artist, book designer, papermaker, poet and teacher. The exhibition features more than 125 of his artist’s books and are all part of the permanent collection of the JGCBA. Many of these high quality, beautiful handmade books were made in collaboration with authors or poets, while others are his irreverent, humorous and innovative books that he referred to as the Gabberjabbs.
Bronwyn Horne 'A[chrono]mation' seeks to reveal how animations are constructed. Unravelling the animation techniques behind the wild kinetics of cartoon characters like the Warner Brothers’ Bugs Bunny, this innovative exhibition traces the construction of movement which is usually invisible to the audience in real-time. The exhibition also goes beneath the frames of the ‘Golden Age’ of animation, focusing on the work of directors like Chuck Jones and Jack Kinney who pushed the boundaries of animation in their era.
Jazz and art meet on First Thursdays in March. Inspired by the exhibition Paul Emmanuel – Men and Monuments, emerging jazz band Wits Jazz Trio will perform their renditions of struggle songs. Led by vocalist Motswedi Modiba, the concert will blend African traditional rhythms with the slow grooves of jazz. Afterwards discover the intricacies of animation’s dynamic movements with Bronwyn Horne - A[chrono]mation and experience Paul Emmanuel’s delicate and poignant memorials to the soldiers whose memory have been neglected in war memorials.
Please note that this event is free and sponsored by BofA Securities.