The Wits Art Museum hosts their second installment of First Thursdays this year. 

The Wits Art Museum (WAM) in Braamfontein hosted their second First Thursdays event on Thursday, March 5 , bringing together jazz and art under one roof.

The event, which was free of charge and open to the public, featured the Men and Monuments exhibition by Wits alumnus Paul Emmanuel. WAM tour guide, Boitumelo Molalugi said Emmanuel’s display is “a war memorial, which looks at the eraser of soldiers who have fought in war.”

The Wits Jazz Band performed live with their own renditions of South African struggle songs to complement Emmanuel’s theme of war memorials.

Motweledi Modiba, the lead singer of the band said, “We wanted to pay homage to Apartheid and jazz, whilst giving it a modern twist to uplift the crowd.”

Molalugi, said that he likes the concept of First Thursdays as “people are able to explore WAM and the exhibitions at night, as they often can’t come during the day when we’re open as they are at school or at work.”

According to Molalugi, future attendees can look forward to a “light night filled with a variety of items that cater to different interests, such as previews from the WAM archives, panel discussions, short films and workshops.”

First Thursdays takes place across the city of Johannesburg on the first Thursday of every month. It is organised by Thursday Projects which aims to create a space for cultural exchange whereby members of the public are able to interact with forms of art, music and food.


FEATURED IMAGE: Two visitors view Paul Emmanuel’s Men and Monuments exhibition at the Wits Arts Museum on Thursday, March 5. Photo: Zinhle Belle.