Michaelis Galleries present Special Inquiry #1 (On Abstraction).
This small exhibition is a speculative inquiry that considers the contributions of living black women artists and the potential their practices and works stand to contribute to studies on abstraction.
While no way exhaustive, this inquiry also complicates the materiality by stretching abstractions beyond ‘traditional’ concepts around painting and sculpture. While the works in this exhibition may for the most part still be read as painterly, this is deliberating in order to expand the reach of the question and incorporate practice that a narrow framing might otherwise invalidate. A follow-up enquiry takes up the question of sculptural abstraction.
Invited artists include: Bonolo Kavula, Bronwyn Katz, Esther Mahlangu, Faatima Luke, Heidi Sincuba, Lizette Chirrime, Nabeeha Mohammed, Nandipha Mntambo, Nkuli Mlangeni & The Ninevites, Nokuphila Gwala, nomThunzi Mashalaba, Philiswa Lila, Senzeni Marasela, and Turiya Magadlela.
The exhibition is held on two separate dates: Thursday August 08 from 5pm to 7pm and Tuesday September 24 from 11am to 4pm.
With some 200 square meters of state of the art gallery space, the Michaelis Galleries host a wide range of temporary exhibitions throughout the year. Regular collaborations with staff members, alumni and local and international visual arts organizations bring noteworthy art shows to these venues, whilst experimental and emerging artists’ and curators’ shows are hosted under the banner of ‘Michaelis Lab’.
Whilst the gallery complex is unique in that it is situated on a university campus, it is open to visitors from the general public. In keeping with a mission of promoting and celebrating the visual arts in a broad community context, the gallery regularly presents open lectures, walkabouts and workshops.
Venue: Michaelis Galleries, University of Cape Town 31, 37 Orange St, Cape Town
Time: Mon to Fri 11am to 4pm | Sat 11am to 1pm