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Thursdays, March 9 – March 30, 12 – 2pm


Sue Williamson. A Few South Africans: Virginia Mngoma (detail),1984. Photo etching, screenprint collage on Fabriano paper. Image © Sue Williamson

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

About the Class

Can art bring about social change? If so, do artists have a responsibility to make work that challenges state oppression? This was a crucial question for the artists of South Africa during the apartheid years. In this class, Tell Me What You Remember artist Sue Williamson introduces the powerful work of the country’s leading artists alongside the popular culture of the streets. The course also looks at how the bitter history of apartheid has influenced the rising generation of artists. Guest speakers will include fellow Barnes exhibitor Lebohang Kganye; artists Bongiwe Dhlomo, Sam Nhlengethwa, and Penny Siopis; and art historian Andrew Lamprecht.

The class is online-only. More about online classes.

This course will:

  • Increase your understanding of art-related concepts.
  • Increase the ways you think critically about art.
  • Improve your ability to communicate about art.
  • Deepen your appreciation for cultures and histories outside your own.

Sue Williamson. A Few South Africans: Virginia Mngoma, 1984. Photo etching, screenprint collage on Fabriano paper. Image © Sue Williamson


Sue Williamson

Williamson's artwork is on view at the Barnes in Tell Me What You Remember. She is part of the generation of South African artists whose work challenged the apartheid government, and her work is held in collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Tate Modern, London. Also known for her writing, she is the author of Resistance Art in South Africa (1989) and South African Art Now (2009) and the founding editor of ArtThrob.

Photographer: Alexander Edwards

Art in Context

Art in Context courses connect works of art to history: What was happening politically, socially, and culturally at the time a piece was made? How did these circumstances shape the artist’s formal choices?

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