Natalie Knight

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CURRICULUM VITAE-February 2013.02.04


Founder of Natalie Knight Gallery, Hyde Park, Art Consultant, Playwright, Art Curator and Researcher (specializing in Ndebele and Tsonga/Shangaan beadwork), writer, and lecturer.
1957 Diploma in Law University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)
1960 Admitted as an Attorney of the Supreme Court of South Africa
1975 Bachelor of Arts (Wits) Majors: History of Art and History of Drama
2012 Art curator of the West Campus Wits (a position held since 2009)
Appointed to source and acquire art for 6 buildings in the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management; document, promote and publicize the art collection through tours, exhibitions, production of catalogues and liaison with the media. This included:
2011 Facilitated a major donation to Wits of two large bronze sculptures by the late Herman Wald entitled The Unknown Miner and Man and his Soul

2012 Facilitated a donation of 48 paintings and drawings by Madelaine Georgette, a South African artist now living in Seattle. Edited A Just Society, a book accompanying the exhibition held at the Origins Centre (Wits) August/September 2012 on the theme of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Organized the exhibition Mandela@94 at Origins Centre (Wits)
opened by Adv George Bizos for the Mandela Institute.

2012 With Prof. Kathy Munro, researched and wrote introduction to booklet Public Art (a selection) to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Wits

2013 Edited and contributed an essay to the publication Divination and Healing to document the exhibition With the Help of the Spirits:Divination and Healing curated by Diana Wall at Museum Africa, Newtown, Johanneburg.

2010 Curated Ephraim Ngatane: Symphony of Soweto at the Standard Bank Gallery and co-authored the accompanying book Ephraim Ngatane :A Setting Apart..

2009 Co-Curated (with Nessa Leibhammer, Curator of Traditional South African Materials at the Johannesburg Art Gallery) (JAG) an exhibition l’Afrique: A Tribute to Maria Stein-Lessing and Leopold Spiegel at Museum Africa, Newtown, Johannesburg, Editor of the accompanying book l’Afrique.
In addition, each of the above exhibitions was accompanied by a DVD and/or education programmes and supplements produced for learners. Workshops were implemented for teachers of Art, History and Culture and for the learners in terms of the current school syllabus.

2008 Curated Mandela@90 for the Constitutional Court of South Africa.
2007 Co-curated, with Nessa Leibhammer, an exhibition of Tsonga/Shangaan cultural material at the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) The exhibition was accompanied by a book entitled Dungamanzi – Stirring Waters. ;

Prepared an educational supplement for learners, and edited the DVD. The Dungamanzi exhibition subsequently toured National Galleries in South Africa : Iziko in Cape Town and Olievenhuis Art Museum in Bloemfontein, Free State.

2007 With Knight Galleries International, began preparations for an international tour in major museums in the U.S.A and Canada entitled Wondering the World – Cultural Translations by Karel Nel. This project is still in progress pending the publication of a book by Karel Nel.
(Karel Nel is a South African artist who exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute in 2012 on the Cosmos exhibition. He is currently a Professor of Fine Arts at Wits.)
2003 Several of the Ndebele photographs published in Ndebele Images by Natalie Knight and Suzanne Priebatsch were featured in the catalogue Extreme Beauty by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and one was used as the frontispiece of the book.
2000 Organized exhibition Art, Beads and Culture with Knight Galleries, Toronto (opened by Mr. Andre Jacquet, (South African High Commissioner to Canada)
1999 Organized exhibition Visions of a Nation with Knight Galleries, Toronto opened by Mr. William Modise, South African High Commissioner to Canada) –arranged for artist Peter Mthombeni to attend the exhibition as guest artist.
1998 – 1999
Curated exhibition Art of the Ndebele – Evolution of a Cultural Identity at the Atlanta International Museum and co-authored accompanying catalogue with Suzanne Priebatsch. Arranged for artist Thomas Kgope to attend the opening and to spend two weeks in Atlanta at the Art School.
1997 Organized the exhibitions Ndebele Images - Then and Now at the National Arts Club, New York;Artist Esther Mahlangu was in attendances and exhibited her work. Curated Images of Freedom in Toronto and Vancouver.
1966 Curated Telkom Art and the Internet exhibition - A National S. African Tour.
Participated in various international exhibitions of the works of South African artists including :
Tommy Motswai and Thomas Kgope in San Francisco at the Center for the Arts and the Bomani Gallery, San Francisco:
Alfred Thoba and Thomas Kgope in Frankfurt at Gallerie Hanel;
Tomorrow is Now in Toronto, (May) and in Vancouver (October) in association with Knight Galleries International
1995 Delivered lecture Black Art Becomes a Rainbow at INDABA International Conference of the Chief Executives Organization;
Closed the Natalie Knight Gallery and resumed as Natalie Knight - the Art Source, Consultant to Museums and corporations. Promoter and organizer of exhibitions and lecturer on South African art, both locally and abroad.
1992 Received Sandton Community Investment Award for innovative schemes to develop individual potential improvements in cultural, educational, financial or environmental standards and the general upliftment of the community.
This was in recognition of support of artists including Velaphi Mzimba, Thomas Kgope, Speelman Mahlangu, Alfred Thoba, Dumisani Sibisi, and others.

Curated African Encounters, Dome Gallery New York featuring twelve S.African artists (including Bill Ainslee, David Koloane and William Kentridge)
The show subsequently travelled to Alex Gallery Washington D.C. and Knight Galleries Toronto.
1987 Opened Natalie Knight Gallery, Hyde Park. Organized numerous exhibitions of works of international artists including Miro, Piper, Calder, Paladino, Moore and South African artists such as John Muafangejo and Tommy Motswai.
1981 Opened Natalie Knight Gallery, Bedfordview, with exhibitions of works by Jim Dine, David Hockney, Richard Hamilton, Andy Warhol.
Major photographic exhibitions including international photographers such as Brandt and Brassai; brought avant garde work to South Africa including works by Bonechi and Chia from Italy, Hodicke from Germany, Haring, Fischl and Christo from U.S.A
1980 Wrote and produced a play There's No Sugar Left Upstairs at the Market Theatre, with a special poster designed by Norman Catherine.
1979 - 1981
Research projects with Suzanne Priebatsch on the Ndebele;
Published book Ndebele Images. Assembled a selection of Ndebele artifacts, which was acquired by Chaim Gross and donated by him to the National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C. Commissioned to prepare an audio-visual programme for SITES to accompany a tour of the beadwork, entitled Designs of the Ndebele. This exhibition organized by SITES toured throughout the USA for 24 months and was then returned to the Smithsonian Institute
1976 - 1980
Freelance writer and critic on Art, Theatre and Law, work published in :
African Art U.C.L.A,
South African publications : Lantern, The Star, Habitat, Sunday Express, Artlook, Financial Mail, etc.
1966 Wrote and produced a play entitled Barmy Days, performed at the Jewish Guild Theatre, Jhb.; Labia Theatre, Cape Town.(nominated as one of top ten plays of the year produced in Johannesburg.)
1957 Married Zamie Liknaitzky . Three children Cheryl, Julian, Alan
12 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
NATALIE KNIGHT + 27 11-485-3606 +82-926-0009
Fax +011 27 - 485-3614. nknight@icon.co.za www.knightgalleries.net