A guide to First Thursdays Jozi – March
Dancing in Braam, gallery hopping in Rosebank
Posted: Feb 27 2018
It’s already time for First Thursdays Jozi! Which means February is already over! However good or bad your Feb was, make sure you start the new month off on a fantastic note. We’ve compiled a few First Thursday highlights to help you bring in the month of March with an evening of art, music, food, and drink.
If you’re used to seeing visual art at the Wits Art Museum, expect something a little different this time. The inspiring, 16 member choir, Vivacious Sounds, will be performing masterworks from classical to gospel music at WAM. They will be accompanied by pianist and current post-graduate student Yonela Mnana. This is the first in a series of performances planned to showcase diverse musical talents in Africa. The event is also free and open to the public.
Art, design, and general creative duo Jana&Koos are headed to Kitchener’s this week for a night of art, noise, and good times. If their previous parties are anything to go by, you won’t wanna miss this one.
Lwanda Gogwana is a three-time SAMA nominee for Best Jazz, Best Newcomer, and Male Artist Of The Year. Gogwana is an orchestrator and trumpeter for the legendary South African Jazz opera, King Kong, the original musical score of which was composed by jazz pianist and composer, Todd Matshikiza. This First Thursday Gogwana and his band take to the stage for a night of spectacular live music.
Set user, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Asha Zero opens at SMAC gallery this Thursday. Known for deconstructing traditional notions of identity and representation – dominated today by contemporary media, branding, marketing, and advertising – Asha Zero’s hyper-realistic paintings speak into the various traditions and languages within the history of Modernism and Postmodernism alike. This will be the artist's third solo show with the gallery.
Jonathan Freemantle’s solo show The Oldest Mountain has been on show at Gallery MOMO for a while now. This First Thursday, join the artist on a walkabout and paint and pigment grinding demonstration. In the context of his exhibition, Freemantle will recreate aspects of his studio, providing a hands-on demonstration of his process in transforming the rocks and pigments of the Magaliesburg range into The Oldest Mountain.
Lizamore & Associates showcases three photographic solo exhibitions by Justin Dingwall, Tsoku Maela and Manyatsa Monyamane respectively. These exhibitions interrogate socio-political issues like xenophobia, diaspora, and black and brown female identity. Fly by night by Justin Dingwall, No more clichés, please by Tsoku Maela, and Serithi by Manyatsa Monyamane opens this First Thursday at Lizamore.
21-year-old photographer Lebo Thoka’s debut body of photographic work comprises self-portraits wherein the artist pays tribute to South African women who have in some way been subject to femicidal violence. The exhibition opens this February at the David Krut bookstore in Parkwood and is followed by an open discussion on Saturday 17 March.