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Natalie Knight and Suzanne Priebatsch collection

Photographer:
Knight, Natalie  Search this
Priebatsch, Suzanne  Search this
Artist:
Mahlangu, Esther, 1935-  Search this
Extent:
1,305 Slides (color, 35 mm)
325 negatives (photographic) (color, 35 mm)
331 Photographic prints
3 electronic discs (dvd)
19 Folders (manuscript materials)
Culture:
Ndebele (African people)  Search this
Sotho (African people)  Search this
Xhosa (African people)  Search this
Zulu (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Slides
Negatives (photographic)
Photographic prints
Electronic discs (dvd)
Color negatives
Color slides
Manuscripts
Slides (35mm transparencies)
Place:
South Africa
Swaziland
Transkei (South Africa)
Transvaal (South Africa)
Zululand (South Africa)
Date:
circa 1970s-2011
bulk 1974-1978
Scope and Contents:
The collection includes (1,305) 35mm color slides, (325) 35mm color negatives, (331) photographic prints, (3) DVDs and manuscript materials. The images were produced between circa 1970s and 1999 and most depict the Ndebele peoples of South Africa in their kraals (homesteads) making bricks, thatching roofs, and performing other daily activities; architecture, especially homes with painted murals, churches, and schools; and ornamental objects, including leg rings, neck rings, maces, Nyoga (Snake), Pepetu, Jocolo, Linaga, Nguba, Ghabi, Breast Plates, and Scotch. While the majority of the photos document the Ndebele, there are also images of Venda, Zulu, Xhosa, Swazi, Sotho, Tsonga/Shangaan and Tswana peoples. Ceremonies including the Domba Initiation Dance, a Zulu wedding, and a Swazi Reed Dance are also represented. The photos were primarily taken in South Africa, including in Mpumalanga, Limpopo Province, Delmas, Loskop, and Nebo. Some of the photographs were taken by Zamie Liknaitzky and Norman Priebatsch.

The collection's manuscript materials date from 1977 to 2011 and include exhibition announcements and catalogs, publications, including articles and clippings, correspondence, and research notes. Many of the photos in catalogues were taken by Berna Jersich. The collection also contains three DVDs, Dungamanzi: Stirring Waters, Tsonga and Shangaan Art from Southern Africa, and two that document the exhibition l'Afrique: A Tribute to Maria-Stein-Lessing and Leopold Spiegel (Museum Africa, 2009), which was curated by Knight.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged according to format and is comprised of 5 series:

Series 1: Slides, circa 1977-circa 1983 (1305 items)

Series 2: Negatives, circa 1970s-circa 2000s (325 items)

Series 3: Photographic Prints, circa 1970s-circa 2000s (331 items, Boxes 1-2)

Series 4: DVDs, circa 2007-2009 (3 items, Box 2)

Series 5: Manuscript Materials, 1974-2011 (19 folders, Box 2)
Biographical / Historical:
Natalie Knight: Art gallery owner, collector, curator, researcher, writer and art critic Natalie Knight was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and earned a Diploma of Law (1957) and Bachelor of Arts (1974) from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits). After practicing as a lawyer for a short time, she moved her professional focus to art. She founded the Natalie Knight Gallery in Hyde Park (1981-1995), with the opening show Whatever Happened to Pop Art? which featured works by Warhol, Dine, Hamilton and Hockney. In 2007, along with Nessa Leibhammer, Knight curated Dungamanzi/Stirring Waters (Tsonga and Shangaan Art from Southern Africa) at JAG 2007 and l'Afrique: A Tribute to Maria-Stein-Lessing and Leopold Spiegel at Museum Africa in 2009. From December 2008 through 2012, Knight served as Art Curator for the West Campus at Wits University. In 2013 Knight curated the exhibition We Love Mandela: Art Inspired by Madiba, which previewed at the Peacemaker's Museum in Sandton to celebrate Mandela's 95th birthday (July 18, 2013), and (in October 2013) at the South African Embassy in Trafalgar Square, London. In 2014, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts and Culture section from CEO Magazines "Most Influential Women in Business and Government". In 2017 Knight published her Art-O-Biography, The Big Picture, which documents the major events of her professional career.

Suzanne Priebatsch: A graduate of Smith College (B.A., 1971) and Harvard University (Masters in Theological Studies, 1974), Priebatsch has held such varying positions as volunteer teacher at Clarke School for the Deaf (1967-1971), Assistant Art Librarian at Yale University (Summer 1969), Director of the Hillel Program at Simmons College and Wheelock College (1972-1974), Education Programming and Public Relations Assistant at Johannesburg Art Gallery (1974-1975), Projects Officer at the Art Institute, South Africa (1975-1976), freelance writer, lecturer at University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and Partner of the Economic Planning Group, Boston. She began an investment management career in 1986 and has worked at Smith Barney, now Morgan Stanley, for three decades. She is currently a Senior Vice President, with the title of Senior Investment Management Consultant, at Morgan Stanley.

Natalie Knight and Suzanne Priebatsch earned funding to research Ndebele art in South Africa from the Smithsonian Institution in 1976. Their collaboration produced an exhibition and audiovisual program, Designs of the Ndebele, for the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), which toured the United States from 1979 to 1981. Additionally, Knight and Priebatsch have published numerous books and articles, including Ndebele Images (1983), which accompanied the exhibition at the Natalie Knight Gallery, Johannesburg, 1983, Art of the Ndebele: Evolution of a Cultural Identity (Atlanta International Museum, 1998), which was produced for the exhibition at Atlanta International Museum, 1998, and two articles in African Arts: "Traditional Ndebele Beadwork" (1978) and "Ndebele Figurative Art" (1979). Knight and Priebatsch have placed examples of Ndebele and Tsonga/Shangaan art and artifacts in major museums around the world.
Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Regalia  Search this
Initiation rites  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Rites and ceremonies -- Africa  Search this
Vernacular architecture  Search this
Jewelry  Search this
Genre/Form:
Color negatives
Color slides
Manuscripts
Photographic prints
Slides (35mm transparencies)
Citation:
Natalie Knight and Suzanne Priebatsch Collection, EEPA 2012-010, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
EEPA.2012-010
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Natalie Knight and Suzanne Priebatsch collection
Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-eepa-2012-010
Additional Online Media:

Walking with Esther

Author:
Mahlangu, Esther 1935-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Mahlangu, Esther 1935-  Search this
Type:
Articles
Interviews
Place:
South Africa
Mpumalanga
Date:
2015
Topic:
Women painters, Ndebele  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Call number:
N1 .A788
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1060830

Esther Mahlangu 80 : UCT Irma Stern Museum / [Richard B. Woodward ... and 7 others]

Author:
Mahlangu, Esther 1935-  Search this
Woodward, Richard B  Search this
Subject:
Mahlangu, Esther 1935-  Search this
Physical description:
61 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 x 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
South Africa
Date:
2015
Topic:
Painters  Search this
Art, African  Search this
Ethnic arts  Search this
Art, Black  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1080161

Esther Mahlangu : UCT Irma Stern Museum, 4-22 November 2003 / F.R. de Jager, A.G. Loots

Author:
De Jager, F. R  Search this
Mahlangu, Esther 1935-  Search this
Loots, A. G  Search this
Irma Stern Museum  Search this
Vgallery cc  Search this
Subject:
Mahlangu, Esther 1935-  Search this
Physical description:
48 p. : ill., ports. ; 20 x 20 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
South Africa
Date:
2003
Topic:
Painters  Search this
Art, African  Search this
Ethnic arts  Search this
Art, Black  Search this
Call number:
N7396.M27 A4 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_741732

Esther Mahlangu

Author:
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Mahlangu, Esther 1935-  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2013
Call number:
N7380.5 .A48 2013
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1075207

Esther Mahlangu turns 80

Author:
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Mahlangu, Esther 1935-  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2015
Call number:
N7392 .S575
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1086730

Esther Mahlangu

Author:
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Mahlangu, Esther 1935-  Search this
Type:
Articles
Exhibitions
Date:
2000
Call number:
N6488.F8 L9625 2000
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1088820

Esther Mahlangu : go-go / Ashraf Jamal

Author:
Jamal, Ashraf  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Mahlangu, Esther 1935-  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2017
Call number:
N7393 .J362 2017
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1100225

Esther Mahlangu, South Africa

Author:
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Mahlangu, Esther 1935-  Search this
Type:
Articles
Exhibitions
Place:
South Africa
Date:
1996
Topic:
Women painters  Search this
Call number:
N6480 .L63
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_514371

Esther Mahlangu

Author:
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Mahlangu, Esther 1935-  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
South Africa
Date:
1991
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration, Ndebele  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Call number:
N7391.65 .A25 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_546005

Esther Mahlangu

Author:
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Mahlangu, Esther 1935-  Search this
Type:
Articles
Exhibitions
Date:
1998
Call number:
N5310.7 .W927
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_552628

Esther Mahlangu : exponent of a traditional tribal art form

Author:
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Mahlangu, Esther 1935-  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
South Africa
Date:
1994
Topic:
Women painters  Search this
Artists  Search this
Call number:
NK1489.8.S6 C734
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_552647

Esther Nikwambi Mahlangu

Author:
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Mahlangu, Esther 1935-  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1999
Call number:
N7392 .R48 1999
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_631811

Esther Mahlangu

Author:
Busca, Joëlle  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Mahlangu, Esther 1935-  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2000
Call number:
N7380 .B873 2000
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_694440

Esther Mahlangu : South Africa

Author:
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Mahlangu, Esther 1935-  Search this
Type:
Articles
Exhibitions
Date:
2005
Call number:
N7391.65 .A37 2005
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_780953

Esther Mahlangu : artist

Author:
Turok, Karina  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Mahlangu, Esther 1935-  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2006
Call number:
CT3770 .T87 2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_905811

Esther Mahlangu

Author:
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Mahlangu, Esther 1935-  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2009
Call number:
N7393 .S68 2009
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_968064

Esther Mahlangu

Author:
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Mahlangu, Esther 1935-  Search this
Type:
Articles
Exhibitions
Place:
South Africa
Date:
2011
Topic:
Mural painting and decoration, Ndebele  Search this
Women painters, Ndebele  Search this
Call number:
N7380.5 .T742 2011
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1013369

Back to the future : Esther Mahlangu designs unique interior of the BMW luxury sedan

Title:
Esther Mahlangu designs unique interior of the BMW luxury sedan
Author:
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Mahlangu, Esther 1935-  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2017
Topic:
BMW 7 series automobiles  Search this
Call number:
N7380.5 .C6556
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1086666

Timeless, between matter and spirit : Dr. Esther Mahlangu solo exhibition at Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2019 / Beathur Mgoza Baker

Author:
Baker, Beathur Mgoza  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Mahlangu, Esther 1935-  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2019
Call number:
N1 .A788
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1109756

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