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William Kentridge: Universal Archive
Start Date: 11/1/2016
End Date: 12/15/2016End Time: Midnight
Event Description:
Interdisciplinary artist William Kentridge, born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1955, has melded his educational training in both fine arts and theater to produce startlingly evocative personal responses to globally-important political and social movements and events. This aesthetic track was largely shaped by his personal witnessing of one of the twentieth century’s most combative efforts: the dismantling of apartheid.

In this special exhibition, making its only West Coast appearance, Kentridge shares new work inspired during the writing of his Norton Lectures, a series delivered at Harvard University in 2012. In this expanding series, he revisits a familiar personal iconography – including coffee pots, typewriters, cats, trees, and nudes, all representing an intimate thematic repertoire that has appeared in his art and stage productions throughout his career. Meticulously based on ink sketches, these linocut prints shift from identifiable subject matter to deconstructed images of abstract marks on dictionary and encyclopedia pages, forming juxtapositions that suggest skepticism about the creative process and knowledge construction.

William Kentridge has had major solo exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Art, and numerous others across the world. This first major exhibition of the Universal Archive series has been organized with the cooperation of David Krut, in whose Johannesburg print studio Kentridge produced the series. It was curated by Natalie Marsh, Director of the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College; additional curatorial research and text was provided by Virginia McBride and Hanna Washburn. The original organization of this project was supported by Kenyon alumna Alva Greenberg ’74.

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Location Information:
SJSU Main Campus - Art Building
Contact Information:
Name: Cynthia
Phone: (408)924-4327
Email: Cynthia.Cao@sjsu.edu
William Kentridge,Twelve Coffee Pots, 2012

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