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As the days get warmer, Zeitz MOCAA is preparing for a busy summer. This includes a season of immersive exhibitions, topical programming and new publications. For those who missed last month’s Please And Thank You Family Learning Workshop, our Centre for Art Education (CFAE) will host a second workshop in October ahead of SURVEY: Image as History / History as Image, the symposium and book launch celebrating Mary Evans and Johannes Phokela’s exhibitions. Throughout the month, art lovers can also enjoy various programming engagements as well as the opening of new exhibitions.

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Exhibitions & Engagement

On Thursday, 26 October, we unveil a new group exhibition, Seekers, Seers, Soothsayers, featuring the work of seven artists: Gladys Kalichini, Latedjou, Sekai Machache, Nyancho NwaNri, Pamina Sebastiāo, Buhlebezwe Siwani and Helena Uambembe. Using the number seven — a spiritually significant numeral in various belief and cultural systems — as its anchor, the exhibition explores thematic accounts and experiences connected to the non-physical world: spiritual, psychological, supernatural and abstract. The artists use experimental film, immersive installation, performance, sound and narration to depict how ritual, devotion and acts of remembrance can bring restoration and alternative perspectives of the self. The exhibition title is inspired by the 2007 poem ‘Speaking in Tongues’ by Jamaican author Kei Miller and forms a mantra for the constellation of works on display. Read more
 
 

This month also brings an engaging discussion on Wednesday, 18 October at 6 pm, where Zeitz MOCAA Atelier artist-in-residence Unathi Mkonto will be joined by his former lecturer, qualified architect and interior designer, and Director of Architecture at Nelson Mandela University Boban Varghese for a conversation titled ‘Drawing the Lines Between Art and Architecture’. The pair will unpack the intersections of art, design and architecture and what it means to develop an architectural and artistic language within the landscape of South Africa. Read more
 
 

 
Finally, from 10 am on Saturday, 28 October, an in-depth, joint symposium brings together the work of Mary Evans and Johannes Phokela, both of whom were the subjects of survey monographic exhibitions organised by Zeitz MOCAA. Aptly titled SURVEY: Image as History / History as Image, the forum will explore the artists’ respective practices by positing their work in conversation with one another through a series of panels and conversations that further drive the institution’s mission towards knowledge production and the writing of contemporary art history of the African continent and its diaspora. Panellists include art historians, critics and writers, such as Alexandra Dodd, Athi Mongezeleli Joja, Kim M. Reynolds, Thulile Gamedze and Thembinkosi Goniwe.

SURVEY: Image as History / History as Image is a fitting moment to bring these artists’ exhibitions to a close and will conclude with the launch of the monographs detailing Phokela’s Only Sun in the Sky Knows How I Feel – (A Lucid Dream) and Evans’ GILT, which opened at Zeitz MOCAA in 2021 and 2023, respectively. Richly illustrated, Only Sun in the Sky Knows How I Feel – (A Lucid Dream) offers new critical readings of Phokela’s practice and follows his survey exhibition at Zeitz MOCAA, which ran between October 2021 and January 2023. Mary Evans’ GILT reflects on the artist’s oeuvre as a quietly disarming practice that uses the decorative to critique and counter the consumption of Black people and their labour and is published as the Nigerian-born, Britain-based artist’s first museum survey exhibition on the African continent comes to an end. 

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Education & Experience

 

Our Centre for Art Education (CFAE) continues to be an engaging space that aims to make art accessible to audiences of all ages through discussion, debate and creation. The Centre’s popular monthly Family Learning Workshops enable parents/guardians and their child(ren) to share a creative experience and develop their engagement with art, together. In October, this includes a second workshop focused on Nigerian-born, British artist Mary Evans’ Please Do Not Bend series from the artist’s soon-to-close solo exhibition GILT on level 1 of the museum. Please And Thank You will invite participants to create envelope artworks that explore politeness and culture based on Evans’ use of paper-based disposable materials. 

Zeitz MOCAA’s Family Learning Workshops at the CFAE include the provision of materials and equipment as well as a snack break. This workshop is limited to 25 participants, including parents/guardians, and begins at 10.15 am on Saturday, 28 October. The workshop is free for children and members. Members must please register while a single entry for non-members to accompany their child is R250. Zeitz MOCAA memberships are R390 for 12 months and provide year-round access and free entry to specified CFAE programmes. 

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On Saturday, 14 October and Saturday, 28 October, the CFAE will unveil Then We Saw Ourselves, a Western Cape Education Department (WCED) programme exhibition, and the MOCAA Art Club (M A C) exhibition, respectively. 

Then We Saw Ourselves is the culmination of a year-long education programme where learners and educators from art and music centres across the Western Cape were invited to visit, experience and interrogate the When We See Us exhibition. This collective, creative response to the ground-breaking exhibition celebrates the ways young people view themselves, their homes, their communities and the world, and showcase reinterpretations of details of texture, pattern and colour from the When We See Us exhibition as wearable objects.

The Then We Saw Ourselves exhibition is made possible by Western Cape Education Department (WCED) and includes contributions from the Battswood Arts Centre, The Children’s Art Centre, Hugo Naudé Art Centre, Jack Meyer Kunssentrum, PJ Olivier Art Centre, Peter Clarke Art Centre, Beau Soleil Music Centre, Frank Pietersen Music Centre, Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre, and the Tygerberg Art Centre.

The MOCAA Art Club (M A C) wraps up for the year at the end of October, culminating in an exhibition which opens to the public on Sunday, 29 October in the Scheryn Arena Walkway. M A C is an art club for teenagers in grades 9 to 11 that come from different schools and areas in Cape Town, with diverse backgrounds, joined together by their desire to learn about, discuss, and create art. The intention of the club is to develop art literacy, criticality and to build social cohesion. Selection for the club is based on application. Half of the members are fee-paying, while the other half are awarded bursaries. This year’s cohort of 12 kicked off in March. The members have come to the museum twice a month since, for 13 sessions, starting with an Orientation Day and ending with the Exhibition Opening. The members have engaged in a variety of art projects ranging from textile to photography, and paper-based work to painting, all inspired and in response to the different exhibitions and artists that have shown in the museum this year. The call-out for M A C 2024 will be released to the public soon.

First Thursdays

 
 
As part of the quarterly First Thursdays at the Silo District programme, sponsored by American Express, Zeitz MOCAA will be open late from 6 pm to 9 pm at half the price of general admission.

At Zeitz MOCAA you can look forward to a DJ set by Athi Maq, fun museum activities, guided exhibition walkabouts, and more. Visit first-thursdays.co.za for more info on the Silo District programme.

This ticket is valid on Thursday, 2 November 2023 from 6 pm to 9 pm and cannot be used at any other time.

Zeitz MOCAA members get free priority access.

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Your next visit is on us!

Celebrating your birthday? Bring along your valid South African ID or African passport to enjoy a visit to Zeitz MOCAA — on us! Africa Wednesdays are ongoing, with FREE entry between 10 am and 1 pm for all citizens of African countries every week.

Zeitz MOCAA thanks Corporate Members Allan Gray and Bloomberg, and all members for supporting our initiatives to promote contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora.

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