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Year of South Africa:
Collection of Violet and Les Payne
February 5 – March 21, 2015
The Collection of Violet and Les Payne, a selection of artwork collected by Les Payne, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, during his time reporting in Johannesburg, South Africa between 1976-1985, will be on display on the first floor of the gallery.
The Payne collection is focused on works on paper and paintings by artists from the black township of Soweto, Johannesburg. Payne was a journalist reporting during the 1976 Soweto Uprising, a massive and violent series of student protests. Payne returned to South Africa in 1985 to report on the changes that had taken place during the intervening years. It was during these trips that he collected artwork from Soweto artists. The artists created works that captured everyday life as well as a sense of hope despite the immense turmoil that surrounded them. Artists in the collection include Velaphi Mzimba, Hargreaves Ntukwana, David Mbele, Winston Saoli, and Percy Konqobe, many of whom have gone on to be internationally recognized.
Emerging Photographers from South Africa
February 5 – March 21, 2015
Through a partnership with the Roger Ballen Foundation of Johannesburg, an organization dedicated to the advancement of education of photography in South Africa, the museum will display approximately 25 photographs in second floor gallery by emerging South African artists who have come of age since the abolition of apartheid and the first democratic election in 1994. Artwork by this younger generation of artists reflects both the momentous shift to democracy twenty years ago as well as the end of an era with the death of Nelson Mandela in December 2013.
The exhibition will highlight the political and social shifts that have taken place since the Soweto Uprising in 1976 up through the death of Nelson Mandela. So much of what we know of South Africa is filtered through the often sensational news media. By looking at South Africa’s history through the lens of artwork, the audience is able to see the course of history through the eyes of the participants—artists involved in the anti-apartheid movement in the 1970s and young artists who will help shape the future of South Africa.
Images top: Winston Saoli (South Africa, 1950-1995) Untitled, 1989, mixed media on paper; bottom: Photo© Musa N. Nxumalo / Lindiwe Sangweni, Neighbourhood, Newtown, Johannesburg. 2011-2012 (from the Series In/glorious)
Masters of American Photography
from the Reading Public Museum
April 13 – June 20, 2015
This traveling exhibition of photographs on loan from the Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA, elegantly represents the history of photography in the 20th century. Iconic images by Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams, Walker Evans, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Margaret Bourke White and others will be on display. Many of these are vintage prints (made by the photographer very close to the time the negative was made) or late prints (made by the photographer or assistant years later). Rachael Arauz, Ph.D., independent curator for this exhibition, said, “This carefully chosen collection features an impressive range of images from some of the most important artists in the history of the medium.”
Images top: Dorothea Lange (1895 - 1965), Migrant Mother - Nipomo, California, 1936; Ansel Adams (1902 - 1984), Monolith, the Face of Halfdome, Yosemite National Park, California, 1927
Mon.–Thurs. 11 am to 7 pm, Sat. 11 am to 5 pm
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