A guide to First Thursdays & other things to see and do: JHB | 2 – 8 August 2016

August has just rolled around and it brings with it yet another exciting instalment of First Thursdays. Call up a few friends, grab some drinks, and dedicate a night to gallery hopping, pub-crawling, or perhaps a bit of both. This First Thursdays sees Johannesburg play host to group exhibitions, film screenings, and investigative artworks across Rosebank, Braamfontein and Maboneng. 


Stop 1: Priest Espresso Bar, 142 Jan Smuts Ave, Rosebank // 6pm

Authentic Thinkers: An Exhibition Presented by Isa Schwartz and Curated by Dr. Fred Scott

Showcasing the works of seven different artists selected for their spirit of exploration in their work, Authentic Thinkers aims to present a visual experience in contemporary art that spans modern expressionism, abstract art, as well as conceptual viewpoints. More info on Facebook


Stop 2: David Krut Projects, 142 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood // 6-9pm 

First Thursday’s Film Screening: Merchants of Doubt. 

As part of the program for Robyn Penn’s current solo exhibition Cloud of Unknowing, David Krut Projects will be screening the documentary film Merchants of Doubt, directed by Robert Kenner. The film traces the use of public relations tactics that were originally developed by the tobacco industry to protect their business from research indicating health risks from smoking. Space is limited so make sure you RSVP to ame@davidkrut.com and bianca@davidkrut.com or call +27 (0)114470627. More info on Facebook



Stop 1: Wits Art Museum, cnr Jorrisen Street and Bertha Ave (extension of Jan Smuts Ave), Braamfontein // 6-9pm

Walter Battiss: “I invented myself” The Jack Ginsberg Collection

WAM’s keeping its doors open a little later this Thursday so if you haven’t had the chance to check it out yet, make sure you head through for the Warren Siebrits curated exhibition. Accompanied by a 335 page illustrated book, the exhibition sees a sizeable body of work, collected over the years by well-known art collector and philanthropist, Jack Ginsberg. No bookings required, but if you want to find out a little bit more about the exhibition, call 011 717 1365, email info.wam@wits.ac.za or head over to Facebook

Walter Batiss I Invented Myself WAM 2

Stop 2: Kalashnikovv Gallery, 153 Smit Street, Braamfontein // 6:30-9:30pm

FADE AWAY – a duo opening by Nathan Vuuren and Setlamorago Mashilo

The latest in the Kalashnikovv duo series sees a poignant and stimulating exhibition dealing with aspects of visual discord and displacement together with the fragmented figures of history (Mashilo) and popular culture (Vuuren). The juxtaposition between the two aims to stimulate conversation around fragmented present day narratives in relation to historical realities. More information on Facebook



Stop 1: The Cosmopolitan, 24 Albrecht St, Maboneng // 5pm 

Inaugural exhibition by Whitney McVeigh 

In conjunction with The Cosmopolitan’s second launch party which brings the introduction of new shops, the opening of The Cosmopolitan Store, the opening of HAZARD Gallery at The Cosmopolitan as well as the official opening of The Cosmopolitan BAR, the evening also brings a solo show by London-based American artist, Whitney McVeigh. Comprising eight ink paper works, the exhibition also sees a screening of the film Birth: Origins, which documents six women’s experiences of birth and existence at St. Christophers, London. Find out more on Facebook


Stop 2: Goethe on Main, 245 Main Street, Maboneng // 6:30pm

The Con-struction Cartel by The Con

The anti-media media platform, The Con open their exhibition at Goethe on Main this First Thursdays. Following a series of long-form investigative articles, The Con-struction is a series of images investigating how construction companies in South Africa collude amongst themselves and asks the question: What is being destroyed when White Capital Builds? Music by South African composer and songwriter Chris Letcher will provide the soundtrack to the evening. More info on Facebook.  


Stop 3: AGOG Gallery, 12 Lower Ross street, Maboneng // 6:30pm 


A group show comprising the works of over 20 artists, WakaWaka opens this First Thursdays in the new and independent space of the AGOG Gallery. A Swahili word meaning ‘be lighted’, the show encompasses painting, drawing, video, sculpture, photography and installation. Find out more about the exhibition and the venue on Facebook.  


Other things to see and do

Friday 5 August 2016

Exhibition Walkabout with FAKA

Join performance art duo FAKA for an exhibition walkabout of The Quiet Violence of Dreams this Friday. The exhibition, which has been open to the public for a while now, was developed by Joost Bosland in conversation with Moshekwa Langa and pays tribute to the seminal K Sello Duiker novel by the same name. Find more info on Facebook

Stevenson, 62 Juta Street, Braamfontein // 1:15pm  


Saturday 6 August 2016 

Mzansi Women’s Film Festival

First established in 2014, this annual festival is held over the first weekend in August, Women’s Month, at Constitution Hill and is a platform to empower women filmmakers by showcasing films by women and about women. Besides a series of screenings, The Mzansi Women’s Film Festival also plays host to a series of panel discussions across both days. Entrance is free and all are welcome. Find the festival programme and more details on Facebook.

Constitution Hill, 11 Kotze Street, Braamfontein // Aug 6 at 10am to Aug 7 at 6pm


Sunday 7 August 2016

Well Spent Sunday ft Healer Oran and Veld

The fourth instalment of Hadedah’s Well Spent Sunday sees Leeu and Behr take to the decks as well as guests Healer Oran and Veld. End off a busy week on a good note with a meal and some live, sonic entertainment. Tickets are going at R200 for dinner and a show and R70 for just the show. Booking is essential so email info@hadedah.org and find out more on Facebook.

The Generator Parkmore, 130 11th Street, Parkmore // 5pm-1am


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