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Gallery Conversation
Grey Art Gallery, NYU, 100 Washington Square East

Wednesday, September 10, 6:30 pm
With Gunilla Knape, Curator of the Exhibition.

Wednesday, October 1, 6:30 pm
With Julia Pelta Feldman, Graduate Curatorial Assistant, Grey Art Gallery.

Wednesday, October 22, 6:30 pm
With Steven Dubin, Professor of Arts Administration, Columbia University,
and author of a forthcoming book on the culture wars in South Africa.

Wednesday, November 19, 6:30 pm
With Pato Hebert, Associate Arts Professor of Art & Public Policy (TSOA), NYU; Refilwe Nkomo, South African performer, community organizer, and theater producer; and Robert Sember, South African anti-apartheid worker and current producer in the New York queer house and ball scene.

Tuesday, September 16, 6:30 pm
Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, NYU
20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor

Joseph Lelyveld, author and former Executive Editor, New York Times, will discuss his collaboration and friendship with Ernest Cole in South Africa and New York—in conversation with Fred Ritchin, Professor of Photography and Imaging and Co-director of the Photography & Human Rights Program (TSOA), NYU.

Co-sponsored by NYU’s Global and Joint Program Studies, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute; Department of Photography & Imaging; and Grey Art Gallery.

Video of this event is available online here.

Saturday, October 18, 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Jurow Lecture Hall, Silver Center (enter at 100 Washington Square East)

1:00–3:00 pm: Curating and Writing on South African Photography
Panel discussion moderated by Deborah Willis, University Professor and Chair of Photography & Imaging (TSOA), NYU; with Awam Amkpa, Associate Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis (FAS) and Drama (TSOA), and Director of Africana Studies, NYU; C. Daniel Dawson, Faculty Member, Gallatin School, NYU, and IRAAS, Columbia University; Tosha Grantham, PhD Candidate in Art History, University of Maryland at College Park; Tumelo Mosaka, Independent Curator; and Brendan Wattenberg, Director of Exhibitions, The Walther Collection Project Space, New York.

3:15-5:00 pm: Drum (2004)
Film screening. Directed by Zola Maseko, starring Taye Diggs, Gabriel Mann, and Tumisho Masha. Accompanied by the jazz rhythms of 1950s Johannesburg, this film focuses on the anti-apartheid movement through the lives of South African investigative reporter Henry Nxumalo and photographer Jürgen Schadeberg—both contributors, along with Ernest Cole, to Drum, a popular black lifestyle magazine. 94 min. Awarded Best South African Film at the Durban International Film Festival.

Co-sponsored by NYU’s Africa House, Institute of African American Affairs, College of Arts & Science, Department of Art History, Department of Photography & Imaging (TSOA), and Grey Art Gallery.

The following two events are presented by the NYU Postcolonial Colloquium:

Miners Shot Down
Friday, November 6, 6:00–8:00 pm
The Event Space, NYU English Department, 244 Greene Street

Film screening and interview with director Rehad Desai. In this political thriller, Desai draws a disturbing picture of mechanisms of state and corporate power by reconstructing the sequence of events that unfolded when mineworkers striking for a living wage were massacred by state police forces in August 2012 at Marikana, South Africa. 85 min.

Co-sponsored by the NYU Postcolonial Colloquium and NYU's Grey Art Gallery. Information: Lucy Graham:

House of Bondage and Home of Ubuntu:
South Africa after Twenty Years of Democracy

Friday, November 7, 6:00–8:00 pm
The Event Space, NYU English Department, 244 Greene Street

This colloquium takes as inspiration the exhibition of South African photographer Ernest Cole's work at NYU's Grey Gallery; the return of South African writer Nat Nakasa's remains from upstate New York to South Africa; and the Ubuntu Music and Arts Festival at Carnegie Hall, New York—all of which coincide with South Africa's twenty-year anniversary of democracy in 2014, and gesture to a long history of transnational flow between South Africa and New York.
The colloquium seeks to address some of the following questions: If ubuntu refers to an African sense of ethics expressed in the idiom "Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu" (Zulu) ("a person is a person through other people"), what relationships can be traced between the structures of oppression exposed in Cole's House of Bondage (New York: Random House, 1967) and South Africa as home of ubuntu? How does the idea of ubuntu appear through the lens of black intellectual traditions in South Africa, and can black intellectual traditions themselves be understood through the lens of ubuntu? How are dispossession and unfreedom in South Africa today being framed and understood? To what extent do South African issues speak to the rest of the world, particularly to the United States?
Speakers include Jacob Dlamini, "Askari: Apartheid Collaborators"; Xolela Mangcu, "Nelson Mandela: Towards a New Angle of Vision"; Hlonipha Mokoena, "The Policeman, Reconsidered"; Mark Sanders, "Learning Zulu, In Hindsight"; Jennifer Wenzel, "Amandla Awethu: Energy, Infrastructure, Rights, Services."

Both events are free of charge, no reservations, seating limited. Photo ID required for entrance to NYU buildings.

Co-sponsored by the NYU Postcolonial Colloquium and NYU's Grey Art Gallery. Information: Lucy Graham:

Wednesday, December 3, 6:30 pm, Grey Art Gallery, 100 Washington Square East

The Art History Writing Competition winner and finalists will read their poems and prose in response to the exhibition. Introduced by contest judge Thomaï Serdari, Adjunct Associate Professor of Art History (CAS) and Marketing (Stern School of Business), NYU.

Co-organized by NYU’s Department of Art History and Grey Art Gallery.

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