The SCAD Museum of Art presents Jane Alexander: Surveys (from the Cape of Good Hope), the first major North American survey exhibition of site-specific tableaux, sculptures and photomontages by South African artist Jane Alexander. This exhibition highlights the impact and interaction of Alexander’s hybrid human-animal figures as well as her documentary-style photographic montages. Together, these works enact the forces, interests and passions at play in human behavior firmly rooted in the artist’s South African experience. The exhibition is guest curated by Pep Subirós and organized by the Museum for African Art in New York.
Presented as part of the 2012 deFINE ART program
Artist talk: 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22
Reception: 6:30-8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24 (Presented as part of the deFINE ART 2012 gallery hop)
Exhibition, artist talk and reception are free with SCAD Museum of Art admission.
Alexander, born in Johannesburg, South Africa, works primarily in sculpture and photomontage and is widely known for her sculpture, “Butcher Boys” (1985-86), consisting of three life-size sculptures of distorted humanoids in the collection of the South African National Gallery.
Her work has been featured in traveling solo exhibitions for the DaimlerChrysler Award and the Standard Bank Young Artist Award. She currently teaches at the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art.
• "Jane Alexander: On Being Human," Galilee Chapel of Durham Cathedral, England, 2009
• "Survey," Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, New York, 2009
• "Jane Alexander," Gasworks, London, 2000
• "Bom Boys and Lucky Girls," University of Cape Town Irma Stern Museum, South Africa, 1999
Curated international Group exhibitions
• Venice, Havana, Gothenburg, Tirana, Bamako, São Paulo, Singapore, and Dakar biennials
• "Africa Remix" exhibited in Europe, Japan and South Africa, 2006
• "Africas: The Artist and the City," Spain, 2001
• "Apartheid: The South African Mirror," Spain, 2007
• "Personal Affects: Power and Poetics in Contemporary South African Art," United States, 2004
• "The Short Century" in Germany and the United States, 2002