Ernest Mancoba: A Dialogue on his Art and Words
Date: Tuesday 11th February 2020
Venue: A4 Foundation, 23 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town, 8000
Convenors: Winnie Sze, independent researcher & curator;
Nomusa Makhubu, artist & senior lecturer of art history at University of Cape Town Michaelis School of Fine Art
Cost: R500 (Fee subsidies for qualified students are available)
In recent years, Ernest Mancoba (1904-2002, South Africa/France) has been rediscovered by the international art cognoscenti but remains less known in the country of his birth.
The Dialogue aims to (re)introduce Mancoba to South Africa. It takes the form of a symposium where scholarly research that focuses on the context and aspects that informed and inspired Mancoba’s work is presented. It also takes the form of an art “festival” where contemporary artists are invited to exhibit works that respond to Mancoba’s art. The aim is conversations and discussion. It is thus a Dialogue, one open to the public, the art cognoscenti as well as those who wish to learn more and engage with modern South African art. The dialogue is both a symposium of scholarly research and an art festival celebrating his legacy.
International and South African scholars/researchers include:
- Dr Chika Okeke-Agulu, Professor at Princeton University (USA)
- Dr Karen Kurcynzki, Assistant Professor at University of Massachusetts Amherst (USA)
- Ms Dorthe Aagesen, Senior Curator of Art at the Danish National Art Gallery
- Dr Luvuyo Wotshela, Professor and Head of National Heritage and Cultural Studies Centre at the University of Fort Hare
- Dr Nomusa Makhubu, Artist and senior lecturer, University of Cape Town Michaelis School of Art
- Dr Same Mdluli, Curator and manager of Standard Bank Art Gallery
- Other speakers include: Wilhelm Van Rensburg (Strauss & Co), Thembinkosi Goniwe (Rhodes University), Jaco van Schalkwyk (University of Stellenbosch) and Sean O’Toole (critic, writer and curator)
Participating musicians include:
- Kyle Shepherd, jazz pianist and winner of Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year (music) 2014
- Derek Gripper. musician and composer
Register your place: ErnestMancobaConference@gmail.com
More information can be found here.