9 to 14 November 2010
The body of work comprising the Cross-pollination exhibition is the result of 15 weeks of practical art-making workshops in which the Education Assistants of the Pretoria Art Museum and adults from Lethabo le Khutso participated.
Lethabo le Khutso is a non-profit organisation committed to providing in the unique needs of adults with autism spectrum disorder, such as accommodation and skills training.
The aim with the workshops was to produce a varied collection of artworks. So the art-making techniques practised at the workshops ranged from drawing to weaving and printmaking, all of which were part of a programme that was conceptualised by the Education Assistants under the auspices of the Creative Industries Consortium. The Lethabo le Khutso artists exceeded expectations with their impressive creativity.
The Pretoria Art Museum provides educational programmes that introduce Tshwane communities to fine art through guided tours of its collections and practical art-making workshops. In this the Education Assistants play a vital role. Some participate in the workshops and others curate the resultant exhibitions.
The Cross-pollination exhibition opens on 9 November at 12:00 and runs until 26 November.
The Corobrik Collection is a collection of ceramics that represents the development of studio ceramics and the work of the rural traditional potters of South Africa over the past thirty years. Linked to this development is also the growth of the Association of Potter of Southern Africa (APSA).
APSA was founded in 1972 and is the official representative body of potters in Southern Africa. It has branches in the Western and Eastern Cape, Kwa Zulu-Natal and has three branches that make up the Gauteng region. The objective of the Association is to promote ceramics in South Africa by improving the work being produced and to foster an interest in ceramics by the general public. This is done by presenting workshops and organizing exhibitions regionally, nationally and internationally. National Ceramics Quartely, a full coloured magazine is the official publication of APSA.
Initially the collection was started by Stellenbosch Farmers’ Winery who in 1977 became the sponsors of the APSA National and Regional Exhibitions and purchased the winning pieces from this exhibition to start a contemporary ceramics collection. When in 1982 Corobrik became the sponsors of APSA the pieces acquired by SFW became the beginning of the Corobrik Collection. The acquisition of the winning pieces from the Exhibitions continued and pieces were also contributed by APSA. This process continued until 1992 when Corobrik ceased the sponsorship of the exhibition and in 1996 created a trust between itself and APSA to ensure the future of the collection and to make funds available for the continued acquisition of contemporary South African ceramic art.
In the present economic and social situation in South Africa during this transition period, the support and sponsorship of the arts by corporate business is very necessary and important. That Corobrik, the largest clay brick manufacturers in the country, have continued to sponsor this ceramic collection bears testimony to their commitment to the arts and is indeed welcome.
The Corobrik Collection is housed in The Pretoria Art Museum.
N.B. The Corobrik Full Exhibition of ceramics opens on 24 October at 12:00pm
the above information was taken directly from the Corobrik brochure.
20 January to 28 February 2010
Sacred Legacy is a unique photographic exhibition created expressly to celebrate the native peoples of the United States and their history and culture. The exhibition illustrates the broad and extraordinary diversity among the North American tribes, and pays homage to the famed photographer and ethnographer, Edward S Curtis.
Curtis was born in 1868 in rural Wisconsin in the North Central United States. He was well versed in the fundamentals of photography and became a serious and dedicated practitioner. In 1892 he acquired shares in a small photography studio in Seattle. He quickly positioned himself as Seattle’s foremost studio photographer, and this success gave him a new-found level of financial freedom that allowed him to spend time away from the studio to pursue his love of the great outdoors. This exploration led him to encounters with small pockets of Native Americans who still maintained some vestiges of their traditional lifestyles.
In 1906 Curtis began an undertaking that would consume him for the next twenty-four years; The North American Indian, a twenty volume, twenty portfolio set of handmade books. Each set contains over 2 200 original photographs plus extensive text covering the western United States and Canada. The Native American subjects themselves are the principle reason Curtis’s work has stood the test of time. Their powerful presence, dignity and emotional depth are all quintessential underpinnings of Curtis’s photographs. That all these qualities come through so profoundly in his most compelling photographs is not only a testament to his technical and artistic mastery, but perhaps even more so a reflection of the subjects themselves.
On exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum is a selection of sixty of Curtis’s most evocative images. Each image has been printed in a size and medium intended to most fully enhance the impact of the subject. The prints are extremely faithful to the look, feel and dimensions of Curtis’s original, vintage prints. The images are representative of the diverse cultural geographic regions in which he photographed and illustrate his artistry in portrait, landscape and still life photography. A wide variety of print media were explored and employed for this exhibition.
Sacred Legacy is a collaborative effort of the Embassy of the United States of America and the Pretoria Art Museum.