Goodman Gallery will have a new street-level presence in Cape Town when its Video Room opens on Saturday, 29 October downstairs from the gallery in Fairweather House on Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock’s main artery. The space will add a dynamic element to the gallery’s programming with curated films on show, book launches, performances and print exhibitions.
The space launches at the same time that Goodman Gallery Cape Town opens In Context: Where We Are, a group exhibition of African artists that complements In Context: Africans in America at the gallery’s Johannesburg location. It will feature video work by Sue Williamson, Gerald Machona, Gerhard Marx in collaboration with Phillip Miller and Maja Marx, and Moshekwa Langa, echoing the thematic content of Where We Are with a focus on the individual as an anchor to place. Through personal witness and testimonial in various guises the artists lay bare the complexities of South Africa’s past and present, denying any easy resolution. They address historical traumas related to oppression as well as present-day phenomena including xenophobia, always with the individual as a focus.
Goodman Gallery Cape Town Video Room hours: Tuesday–Friday 09h30–17h30, Saturday 10h00–13h00 (closed Monday).
From 7 July to 15 December Williamson’s work appears on the next leg of the exhibition Lucy’s Iris at the Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart in France. Twenty artists show Africa from various perspectives, looking at the role of women on the continent, addressing issues such as the environment, memory, colonial history or identity.
In 2016, Goodman Gallery celebrates its 50th anniversary – five decades of shaping contemporary art and working with artists who challenge unequal power structures and affect social change. Through global dialogue and exchange, Goodman Gallery has placed common histories at its core and has been instrumental in shifting perspectives through contemporary art. In celebration of half a century of advancing artistic achievement, we will host major exhibitions between our Johannesburg and Cape Town galleries in early June, featuring significant work, installations, interventions, performances, video and talks programmes, as well as partnerships with major public institutions.