Free and open to the public
Moderated by Dominic Willsdon, the Leanne and George Roberts Curator of Education and Public Programming at SFMOMA, this roundtable discussion will address the tumultuous history of the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale, which was curated by Okwui Enwezor in the aftermath of the end of apartheid and the first multiracial elections in South Africa.
If the large-scale global exhibition aimed to present South Africa to the world as a truly modern, multiracial society, the reality of the exhibition proved more vexed. It was closed a month early by the city, ostensibly for “financial reasons”; its organizing institute, the Africus Institute for Contemporary Art, dissolved; and there has never been another edition of the biennial.
The Nigerian-born artist and art historian Olu Oguibe is a preeminent American scholar of African contemporary art and a professor at the University of Connecticut.
His books include Reading the Contemporary: African Art from Theory to the Marketplace (1999) and The Culture Game (2004).
Vaughn Sadie is a conceptual artist and educator living and working in Johannesburg.
Kemang Wa Lehulere is a multimedia and performance artist based in Johannesburg.
Presented by the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Cosponsored by the President’s Diversity Steering Group
About the 2013-14 Graduate Studies Lecture Series
Each lecture is premised on the notion of "signal years." Each invited speaker will address a year of significance in his or her field or practice and link it to related transformations in the broader realms of politics and culture.
Charting a fascinating chronology over a wide range of disciplines, the series takes a close look at past moments that continue to resonate today.
Generous support for CCA public programs in San Francisco has been provided by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.