Clive van den Berg
Laurie Ann Farrell
Liese van der Watt
Contemporary visual and performing arts at Museum for African Art and The Cathedral of St. John the Divine. 'Personal Affects: Power and Poetics in Contemporary South African Art': a visual art exhibition featuring seventeen artists, a series of lyric theater productions by the company Dimpho Di Kopane, as well as a range of lectures and other public programs
The Museum for African Art and The Cathedral of St. John the Divine will
jointly host Season South Africa, a major program of contemporary visual
and performing arts that runs from September 2004 through January 2005.
Produced by the Museum for African Art and Spier, Season South Africa includes a visual art exhibition featuring seventeen South African artists and a series of lyric theater productions by the company Dimpho Di Kopane, as well as a range of lectures and other public programs. Launched during the year that South Africa is commemorating its first decade of democracy, Season South Africa showcases some of the most gifted and acclaimed contemporary visual and performing artists from the country chosen by an international team of curators.
Personal Affects: Power and Poetics in Contemporary South African Art will be on view at two locations in New York City: at the Museum for African Art in Long Island City from September 23, 2004 to January 3, 2005; and, at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan, from September 24 to December 5, 2004. Performances by lyric theater company Dimpho Di Kopane will take place in Synod Hall at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine from October 27 to November 28, 2004. A free shuttle service will run between the two venues on the weekends to assist in viewing the entirety of the exhibition.
Personal Affects presents newly commissioned and recently produced works by seventeen South African artists. The artworks represent artists' responses to a weeklong stay in New York and visits with a team of international curators. The exhibition features an extraordinary lineup of artists working in diverse media, including sculpture, drawing, photography, painting, installation, video, performance and dance. The common thread throughout the exhibition is the highly personal point of departure of their working methods, informed by their varied experiences as South Africans. Participating artists are Jane Alexander, Wim Botha, Steven Cohen, Churchill Madikida, Mustafa Maluka, Thando Mama, Samson Mudzunga, Jay Pather, Johannes Phokela, Robin Rhode, Claudette Schreuders, Berni Searle, Doreen Southwood, Clive van den Berg, Minnette Vâ€¢ri, Diane Victor and Sandile Zulu.
Running concurrently with Personal Affects at the Museum for African Art will be Glimpses from the South: a Selection of African Art from the Johannesburg Art Gallery. This exhibition constitutes one of the many aspects in which South African institutions have collaborated with the Museum for African Art in New York to create Season South Africa. It includes masterpieces of traditional South African art and will open September 23, 2004 at the Museum for African Art's Focus Gallery, and will run through February 28, 2005.
David Brodie, South Africa
Laurie Ann Farrell, New York
Churchill Madikida, South Africa
Sophie Perryer, South Africa
Liese van der Watt, South Africa
Public Program for Personal Affects, September 26 at the Museum for African Art
Meet the Artists
Panel Discussion with Exhibition Artists and Curators
12 - 1:30pm First Panel Discussion
Moderated by David Brodie and Laurie Ann Farrell
Participating Artists Include: Wim Botha, Steven Cohen, Thando Mama, Johannes Phokela, Robin Rhode, Claudette Schreuders and Diane Victor
1:45 - 2:15pm Performance by Jay Pather
2:30 - 4pm Second Panel Discussion
Moderated by Churchill Madikida and Sophie Perryer
Participating Artists Include: Mustafa Maluka, Samson Mudzunga, Jay Pather, Doreen Southwood, Clive van den Berg, Minnette Vari and Sandile Zulu
Museum for African Art
September 23, 2004 â€“ January 3, 2005
36-01 43rd Ave Long Island City, Queens (718) 784-7700
Open Monday, Thursday, Friday 10am to 5pm. Saturday and Sunday 11am to 6pm
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine
September 24 â€“ December 5, 2004
1047 Amsterdam Ave at 112th Street New York City (212) 932-7314
Open Monday through Saturday 7am to 6pm. Sunday 7am to 7pm
The Cathedral will remain open until 8pm on the nights of the performances by Dimpho Di Kopane.
Antoine Vigne - Blue Medium +1 212 675 1800
Dimpho Di Kopane
Helene Davis - Cohn Davis Associates +1 917 339 7189