Arts Blog

South African Artist Featured in Perlman Exhibitions

September 18, 2019

Opening Reception Friday, September 20!

The Perlman Teaching Museum exhibition season gets underway this weekend with two galleries filled with work by William Kentridge.

South African artist William Kentridge has created an extensive body of interrelated works that includes drawings, prints, sculptures, artists’ books, films, and theatrical productions. His interdisciplinary approach to art is most often political.

William Kentridge: Universal Archive, housed in the Braucher Gallery, presents a series of linocut images printed on dictionary and encyclopedia pages. The images — trees, coffee pots, cats, typewriters, birds, horses, nudes, and self-portraits — are frequent characters in his  visual lexicon, and range from highly descriptive to gestural abstractions.

In the smaller Kaemmer Family Gallery, video installation Second-hand Reading is an exceptional example of Kentridge’s animation style and ongoing personal investigation of South Africa and the country’s history of apartheid. This powerful artwork explores race relations through drawings, text, and music.

The opening on September 20th will feature a lecture at 6:00 p.m. in Weitz 236 by Lynn Marsden-Atlass, Director of the Arthur Ross Gallery and Curator of the University of Pennsylvania Art Collection, followed by a reception in the Weitz Commons right outside the Museum's doors.

Both shows run through November 20th.