Perlman Teaching Museum kicks off academic year with exhibits from South African artist

Guest lecturer Lynn Marsden-Atlass will discuss the exhibitions and work of William Kentridge during an opening reception held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at the Weitz Center for Creativity

Aug. 19, 2019

Carleton’s Perlman Teaching Museum will kick off the academic year with two new art exhibits opening Friday, Sept. 20. In the Kaemmer Family Gallery, “William Kentridge: Second-Hand Reading” showcases South African artist William Kentridge’s animation style and ongoing personal investigation of South Africa and its history of apartheid. In the Braucher Gallery, “William Kentridge: Universal Archive” features a series of linocut images printed on dictionary and encyclopedia pages.

Guest lecturer Lynn Marsden-Atlass will discuss the exhibitions and work of William Kentridge during an opening reception held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at the Weitz Center for Creativity. The lecture takes place at 6 p.m. in the Larson Family Meeting Room, followed by a reception at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center commons and Perlman Teaching Museum. Marsden-Atlass is director of the Arthur Ross Gallery and curator of the University of Pennsylvania Art Collection.

With an interdisciplinary approach to art that is most often political, Kantridge has created an extensive body of interrelated works that includes drawings, prints, sculptures, artists’ books, films and theatrical productions.

“Second-Hand Reading” explores race relations through drawings, text and music. The exhibition is courtesy of the artist and the Marian Goodman Gallery, New York.

“Universal Archive” features images of trees, coffee pots, cats, typewriters, birds, horses, nudes and self-portraits printed on dictionary and encyclopedia pages. The images are frequent characters in his visual lexicon, and range from highly descriptive to gestural abstractions. The exhibition was organized by the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College and curated by Natalie Marsh.

Both exhibits run from Sept. 20 to Nov. 20, 2019. Learn more at go.carleton.edu/museum.

The Perlman Teaching Museum is housed in the Weitz Center for Creativity, located at Third and College Streets in Northfield. The facility is accessible, free and open to the public. Museum hours are Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Saturday-Sunday, noon-4 p.m. For more information, call (507) 222-4469.