Nov. 12: South Africa's cultural heritage
BAMS lecture series to feature presentation on South Africa
3:22 p.m., Nov. 8, 2012--Julie L. McGee, curator of African American art with University Museums at the University of Delaware, will discuss “Ways of Seeing: Native Land Acts and Contemporary South Africa” during a Department of Black American Studies Brown Bag Lecture Series presentation from 12:20-1:10 p.m., Monday, Nov. 12, in 203 Munroe Hall.
The presentation will consider some of the sights and sounds of post-colonial acts of heritage reclamation and reconstruction by contemporary artists in South Africa.
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McGee will explore how South Africa’s cultural heritage has been claimed, defined and theorized by colonial and apartheid regimes and epistemologies.
Contemporary South African artists provide differing ways of understanding the histories of “native,” “land” and “act.”
McGee’s presentation will focus on varying responses to constructions of sight vis-à-vis South Africa’s earliest inhabitants, the Khoisan, notably within the work of Garth Erasmus, Andrew Putter and Malika Ndlovu.
McGee is an associate professor of Black American Studies at UD, and has written and lectured extensively on African American art and contemporary art in South Africa.
McGee has curated exhibitions for the David C. Driskell Center, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Maine, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey and the Community Arts Center in Cape Town, South Africa.