The JHBLive Guide to First Thursday – August
The ultimate guide to a great First Thursday in Jozi
Posted: Jul 30 2019
Yup! It’s already August. Don’ts despair. The year may be escaping us, but we’ve got another edition of First Thursdays to look forward to. Check out a few of our top picks below.
Stephen Hobbs at David Krut gallery
Visit Body Parts at David Krut Gallery to see Stephen Hobbs’ artistic investigation of the body and mind in a state of rebuilding. Hobbs explores themes of recovery, renovation, materiality and mortality through repurposed prints, mixed-media sculptures, video and installation.
Sue Williamson at The Goodman
That Particular Morning is Williamson's first solo exhibition in Johannesburg since her prestigious survey show Can’t Remember, Can’t Forget at the Apartheid Museum in 2017. The exhibition takes its title from the most recent film installation made for No more fairy tales, a series of filmed conversations, which highlight the reality of daily life in South Africa twenty years after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The exhibition also features new works from Williamson's Postcards from Africa and The Lost District series.
See The Other Landscape by Bevan de Wet
If you haven’t already seen Bevan de Wet’s The Other Landscape, be sure to catch it at Lizamore & Associates Gallery this First Thursday. The Other Landscape tells its story, in part, through the process of its production. De Wet begins by revisiting old works, collecting test prints and other detritus from his studio. Elements from this material are then hand cut or torn, sometimes painted with inks and dyes, folded and embedded into hand cast paper panels made from Sisal fibres. The material use of Sisal, an invasive plant in South Africa, links to notions of population and occupancy, and explores our complicated relationship with the natural environment.
First Thursdays at WAM
Poetry, music and art combine this First Thursday at WAM. Inspired by Women’s Month, emerging band Art on the go will be fusing isiZulu and English poetry with the sounds of West Africa. It’s also an opportunity to discover Robert Hodgins’ lesser-shown works in Gallery 1’s A beast slouches and so forth: Robert Hodgins at WAM and check out Sam Nhlengethwa’s insightful social commentary in Leeto: A Sam Nhlengethwa Print Retrospective. Performances start at 6:30pm - 8:00pm.
Entrance is free.
Wits Young Artist Award 2019
Over the past years, the annual Martienssen Prize was awarded to honour artistic excellence produced by senior Wits Fine Art students. The award saw an accelerated shift in its structure in recent years, taking place at various locations, including Museum Africa in Newtown and the Wits Art Museum in Braamfontein. Head through to see works by all the winners and finalists!
No RSVP at KCB
After taking in all that art, be sure to pull through to KCB for No RSVP. For this edition, Kitchener’s will be paying homage to the South African music genre we call kwaito.
MX BLOUSE (dj set)
SHAKES + GUESTS
Puma Select Courtyard
Join Puma on the 1st of August to check out four of South Africa's hottest DJs, who will be hitting the decks at Dassler's this Thursday: MsCosmo / DBN GOGO / Abby Nurock / Rosie Parade. Make sure to avoid disappointment and register at pumaselect.co.za Get there early! Doors open at 6:30 at Dassler's.