A Guide to First Thursdays Joburg | 3 December 2015

It’s the last First Thursdays of the year! Once again the Joburg programme is spread over two creative hubs: Rosebank and Braamfontein. We’re starting off in the northern hub with an exhibition by visiting artist ruby onyinyechi amanze and a paitning show at Gallery 2, before heading to town to catch Zanele Muholi’s new show at Stevenson, the new Kalashnikovv group show and finish off at Heineken®’s pop-up bar and creative showcase space. 

Starting in Rosebank 

Stop 1: Goodman Gallery | 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood


An odd combination of two essential elements, SALT WATER symbolizes the diffuse and mysterious realm inhabited by ruby onyinyechi amanze’s cohort of hybrid forms. In her first solo show at the Goodman Gallery, Ruby’s large-scale drawings foreground her concern with metamorphosis and imagination as a lense through which multiple and often, disparate layers of meaning, histories, and forms can be simultaneously read.

Stop 2: Gallery 2 | 140 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood


Abstract art uses a visual language of shape, form, colour and line to create a composition which may exist, with a degree of independence, from visual references in the world. TWO PAINTERS showcases the gestural paintings of Gail Behrmann, which are derived from the Tang poets, alongside Jenny Stadler’s paintings inspired by her love of classical music, memories of foreign travel, and contemporary and ancient art.

Continuing/Starting in Braamfontein:

Stop 3: Fourthwall Books | 5 Reserve Street

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Fourthwall Books and their good friends at the literary journal Aerodrome are hosting A Literary Jol this First Thursdays. There’ll be wine, readings, craft cocktails and a DJ. Aerodrome’s recent publication will be on sale, and Fourthwall are offering a 10% discount on all purchases of their books on this night.

Stop 4: Wits Art Museum | Cnr Jorisson Street and Bertha Avenue


The Wits School of Arts, Division of Fine Art presents NEWWORK15, an exhibition of work by young artists in fulfilment of a BA Fine Art degree. While you’re there, see the WAM collection like never before in Activate/Captivate curated by Dr Laura De Becker and Leigh Leyde.

Stop 5: Stevenson | 62 Juta Street

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In contrast to her life-long project of documenting members of the black LGBTI community of South Africa, for Zanele Muholi’s recent body of work she turns the camera on herself. Somnyama Ngonyama (meaning ‘Hail, the Dark Lioness’) confronts the politics of race and pigment in the photographic archive, while commenting on specific events in South Africa’s political history. Read our interview with Zanele here.

Stop 6: Kalashnikovv Gallery | 153 Smit Street


In early 2015 a fever-pitch movement swept through South Africa and for a moment #RhodesMustFall was everywhere. The Entropy of Ideology takes #RhodesMustFall at its entry point and explores the subject through a variety of disciplines. Instead of taking on a binary either-or attitude, the group exhibition operates as a pluralistic this-and-that; a multiplicity that inhabits and disrupts.

Stop 7: The Heineken Next Level Bar | Smit Service Street

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To launch Heineken®’s innovative Next Level Bar, the Super Sellout Arcade crew are joining in on the First Thursdays madness for a free-for-all videogames party from 6pm till late. The pop-up bar will be in Braamies from 3 – 12 December and will play host to an array of exciting creative events. See the full programme here, or check out the event page on Facebook.

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