Wednesday, January 23, 2013

El Anatsui: Master of Proverbs

El Anatsui's solo exhibition, "Pot of Wisdom" closed last week at Jack Shainman Gallery in Chelsea, New York City. Here's my take on the show, just published on my Huffington Post blog

Friday, January 18, 2013

Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Wits, Johannesburg


We invite applications for a Fellowship in the WITS ART MUSEUM at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. This fellowship is funded by The Andrew W Mellon Foundation and will be situated in the Wits Art Museum. The fellow will work with the curators of the Wits Art Museum and the Chair in the Centre for the Creative Arts of Africa on a research-driven re-engagement with the collections of historical and contemporary African arts in the Wits Art Museum. We are therefore looking for a fellow with research experience in one or more of the following fields: African visual art, African music, African performance arts, African dress.  One of the main tasks of the fellow will be to help academic divisions in Wits and at other institutions access, engage with, and use the collections in teaching and research. They will have to outline and drive a series of seminars which will, at the end of the project, be published as a collection of essays. Fellows will be expected to participate in exhibitions and publications planned within the Wits Art Museum.
The fellowship will be for a period of 36 months (although we may consider terms shorter than that) and will include a stipend, a shared office with own computer, library access and a small research grant per year. The fellowship project will start in May -June 2013, and will end in May - June 2016.
Applications must be sent to Julia Charlton, (Senior Curator at WAM)  and should include:
Title and abstract of the doctoral thesis, or master’s thesis/research report
Copies of degree certificate (or a signed letter from a supervisor saying that the degree will be completed before the candidate is due to take up the position)
Copies of completed articles or published essays (if any)
A Curriculum Vitae (Resumé)
A letter of motivation.
The names and email addresses of two referees, one of whom should be the supervisor of the doctorate/MA dissertation.

Submission deadline 22 February 2013