Marlene Dumas

15 December 2012

Marlene Dumas was awarded an honorary doctorate in fine arts. Widely regarded as one of the most influential painters working today, Marlene Dumas has continuously explored the complex range of human emotions, often probing questions of gender, race, sexuality and economic inequality.

Born in Cape Town in 1953, she completed her studies at UCT's Michaelis School of Fine Art in 1975, before attending the Ateliers '63 in Haarlem, Netherlands, for two years. From 1979 to 1980 she studied at the Psychological Institute at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Dumas' distinctive interest in and use of photographic sources in her painting practice has enjoyed sustained critical reception, as has her courage in handling sensitive topics of racial and sexual violence and mortality. Her work consistently explores constructions of identity and the fluid distinctions between the public and the private. Dumas' achievements were capped most recently by her major retrospective exhibition, 'Measuring Your Own Grave', at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her work is featured in collections in many countries.

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Honorary Degrees

 

The university has bestowed high academic honours in the form of degrees awarded honoris causa on the following distinguished men and women.

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2017

 

 

2016

 
Zoë Wicomb 21 Dec 2016
Peter Folb 21 Dec 2016
El Anatsui 14 Jun 2016
Janette Deacon 14 Jun 2016
Francis Wilson 14 Jun 2016

 

2015

 
John Britten Wright 12 Jun 2015
Okwui Enwezor 12 Jun 2015
Dikgang Moseneke 11 Jun 2015
Thuli Madonsela 11 Jun 2015
Ahmed Kathrada 11 Jun 2015

 

2014

 
Michael Thackeray 12 Dec 2014
David Fanning 12 Dec 2014
William Kentridge 12 Dec 2014
William Carmichael 12 Dec 2014
Rodney Douglas 11 Dec 2014
Henry Louis Gates Jr 11 Dec 2014
Dr Bernie Fanaroff 12 Jun 2014

 

2013

 
Klaus-Jürgen Bathe 16 Dec 2013
Allan Gray 13 Dec 2013

 

2012

 
Nicholas Haysom 18 Dec 2012
Marlene Dumas 15 Dec 2012
Jonathan Ellis 13 Dec 2012
David Sanders 08 Jun 2012
Zakes Mda 08 Jun 2012

 

2011

 
Dr David Potter 13 Dec 2011
Mary Burton 13 Dec 2011
Stella Petersen 10 Jun 2011

 

2010

 
Judge Navi Pillay 21 dec 2010 21 Dec 2010
Janet Suzman 20 Dec 2010
Sir Antony Sher 20 Dec 2010
David Lewis 04 Jun 2010
Victor Ritchie 04 Jun 2010
Peter Magubane 04 Jun 2010

 

2009

 

 

2008

 
Claire Palley 12 Dec 2008
Dr Eric Goemaere 13 Jun 2008
Dr Lillian Cingo 13 Jun 2008
Advocate George Bizos 13 Jun 2008
Lord Leonard Wolfson 14 May 2008

 

2007

 

 
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