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Exhibiting South Africa:

A Curatorial Workshop

November 30, 2012
Large Conference Room


Exhibiting South Africa: A Curatorial Workshop
Fri, Nov 30  •  12pm – 2pm
Large Conference Room

A curatorial workshop around a future exhibition Public Intimacy: Art and Social Life in South Africa (working title; spring 2014). Taking as a starting point SFMOMA’s growing collection of photography from South Africa and reflecting YBCA’s multidisciplinary approach to programming, this presentation will focus on the ways that artists have explored questions of intimacy, gender, sexuality, and violence in South Africa. The exhibition will feature contemporary South African artists, performers and other cultural producers, many of whom have an educational or activist dimension to their work. Public Intimacy is co-curated by Betti-Sue Hertz, director of visual arts at YBCA; Marc Bamuthi Joseph, director of performing arts at YBCA; Dominic Willsdon, Leanne and George Roberts Curator of Education and Public Programs at SFMOMA; and Frank Smigiel, associate curator of public programs at SFMOMA. Additional panelists include artists David Goldblatt and Kemang Wa Luhlere; Catherine Cole, professor in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley; and Sandra Phillips, curator of photography at SFMOMA.

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  • Exhibiting South Africa: A Curatorial Workshop
    Nov 30, 2012 11:00am – 1:00pm
    Large Conference Room
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Artist Bio

Catherine Cole is a professor in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Performing South Africa’s Truth Commission: Stages of Transition (2010) as well as Ghana’s Concert Party Theatre (2001). In addition to recently serving as the editor of Theatre Survey, Cole has co-edited the book Africa After Gender? (2007), a special issue of Theatre Survey on African and Afro-Caribbean Performance, and a forthcoming special issue of TDR: The Drama Review entitled “Routes of Blackface.” Cole was the lead curator on the exhibition Fiat Lux Redux: Ansel Adams and Clark Kerr, which opened at the Bancroft Library in Fall 2012. She was co-convener of the Townsend Humanities Center Working Group “Making UC Futures.” Cole’s dance theater piece Five Foot Feat, created in collaboration with Christopher Pilafian, toured North America in 2002–2005. Her research has received funding from the National Humanities Center, National Endowment for the Humanities, Fund for U.S. Artists, American Association of University Women, ELA Foundation, and University of California Institute for Research in the Arts.

David Goldblatt was born in 1930 in Randfontein, South Africa. In 1989 Goldblatt founded the Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg. In 1998 he was the first South African to be given a one-person exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Goldblatt received an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts at the University of Cape Town in 2001. He was one of the few South African artists to exhibit at Documenta 11 (2002) and Documenta 12 (2007) in Kassel, Germany. His photographs are in the collections of the South African National Gallery, Cape Town; the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He is the recipient of the 2006 Hasselblad award, the 2009 Henri Cartier-Bresson Award, and he was the 2010 Lucie Award Lifetime Achievement Honoree.

Betti-Sue Hertz has been director of visual arts at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco since 2009, where she has organized The Matter Within: New Contemporary Art of India (2011), Song Dong: Dad and Mom, Don’t Worry About Us, We Are All Well (2011), Audience as Subject (2010 and 2012), Renée Green: Endless Dreams and Time-Based Streams (2010), and Wallworks (2009). From 2000 to 2008 she was curator of contemporary art at the San Diego Museum of Art, where she produced several major exhibitions and catalogues, including Eleanor Antin: Historical Takes (2008), Animated Painting (2007), Transmission: The Art of Matta and Gordon Matta-Clark (2006), Past in Reverse: Contemporary Art of East Asia (2004), for which she received the Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award, and Axis Mexico: Common Objects and Cosmopolitan Actions (2002). Hertz has contributed to many periodicals, including The Architect’s Newspaper, Art Journal, Animation, Communication Arts, Flash Art, n.paradoxa, and Yishu.

Kemang Wa Luhlere was born in 1984 in Cape Town and lives in Johannesburg. He holds a BA Fine Arts degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. Previous solo exhibitions have taken place at the Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg (2011) and the Association of Visual Arts in Cape Town (2009). Group shows include The Ungovernables, the second triennial exhibition of the New Museum, New York (2012); A Terrible Beauty is Born, the 11th Biennale de Lyon at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France (2011) and When Your Lips Are My Ears, Our Bodies Become Radios at the Kunsthalle Bern and Zentrum Paul Klee in Berne, Switzerland (2010). He was a co-founder of the Gugulective (2006), an artist-led collective based in Cape Town, and is a founding member of the Center for Historical Reenactments in Johannesburg. He was the winner of the inaugural Spier Contemporary Award in 2007, and the MTN New Contemporaries Award in 2010. He was the recipient of an Ampersand Foundation residency in New York in 2012.

Sandra S. Phillips is senior curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She has been with the museum since 1987, and assumed her current position in 1999. Phillips has organized numerous critically acclaimed exhibitions of modern and contemporary photography, including Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera Since 1870 (2011), Diane Arbus Revelations (2003), Helen Levitt (1991), Dorothea Lange: American Photographs (1994), Daido Moriyama: Stray Dog (1999), Crossing the Frontier: Photographs of the Developing West 1949 to the Present (1996), Police Pictures: The Photograph as Evidence (1997) and An Uncertain Grace: Sebastião Salgado (1990). She holds degrees from the City University of New York (PhD), Bryn Mawr College (MA), and Bard College (BA). Phillips was previously curator at the Vassar College Art Museum, and has taught at various institutions including the State University of New York, New Paltz; Parsons School of Design; San Francisco State University; and the San Francisco Art Institute. She was a Resident at the American Academy in Rome and received a grant from The Japan Foundation in 2000.

Dominic Willsdon is the Leanne and George Roberts Curator of Education and Public Programs at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. From 2000 to 2005, he was curator of public events at Tate Modern. He has taught at the Royal College of Art and the San Francisco Art Institute. He is a former editor of the Journal of Visual Culture and co-editor of The Life and Death of Images: Ethics and Aesthetics (2008).

YBCA's programs are made possible in part by:
Abundance Foundation
Koret Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Lam Research

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.

YBCA Exhibitions 12-13 is made possible in part by:
Mike Wilkins and Sheila Duignan, Meridee Moore and Kevin King and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

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