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Invite to students: Debate on Stereotypes

Beauty and its Beasts

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Durban Art Gallery: On till 28 May 2017


The Durban Art Gallery is inviting education groups to visit their current exhibition, Beauty and its Beasts, as a vehicle to stimulate contemplation about stereotypes and prejudice, and raise questions about perceived gender roles.

School groups and educational institutions are invited to arrange for a group visit to the exhibition. Especially‐formulated learner / student tour walkabouts can be arranged which focuses on the exhibition as a trigger for encouraging youthful debate around issues of perception, prejudice, discrimination and stereotypes – in particular in regards to judging gender roles over time and place.

The collections of the Durban Art Gallery have been excavated to unearth works that speak directly to the evolution of the female stereotype. The exhibition examines how the stereotype was created and how artists have either perpetuated the phenomenon or subverted it. The works on view were selected primarily from the collections of the Durban Art Gallery and where gaps were identified works have been borrowed from other collections. The viewer will be guided by the wall text identifying themes and it is here the voices of the collaborators bring resonance and add strata to the selections.

Works borrowed from other art collections include Mary Sibande’s Cry Havoc and Zanele Muholi’s Condoms & Feet – contemporary pieces that sit provocatively alongside Hubert von Herkomer’s Queen Victoria.

The exhibition is curated by Jenny Stretton with collaboration from Jessica Bothma; Carol Brown; Nindya Bucktowar; Zinhle Khumalo; Sinethemba Ngubane; Osmosisliza; Fran Saunders and Swany.

Works have been loaned from Campbell Collections, University of KwaZulu‐Natal; Everard Read CIRCA Cape Town; GALLERYMOMO, Cape Town; Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg and the UNISA Permanent Collection, Pretoria.

  • To arrange for a schools / educational visit – contact Musa Mncwabe on 031 311 2264 / 9.
  • The exhibition will be on display at the Durban Art Gallery until 28 May 2017.
  • DAG is open seven days a week: Gallery hours: Monday‐Saturday 8:30 to 16:00 Sundays 11:00‐16:00.
  • Entry is free and all are welcome! For more info, contact the Gallery or  (weekdays). For exhibition queries, contact Jenny Stretton 031 3112264/031 3327286.

  • DAG is on the second floor of the magnificent Durban City Hall building; enter opposite the Playhouse in the heart of the city of Durban.

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