Internationally renowned South African artist William Kentridge will deliver a public lecture, A Universal Archive with Some Remarks on Black Holes, on Tues., Feb. 9, 8 p.m., at Cooper Unions Great Hall (7 East 7th Street at Bowery). Subways: 6 (Astor Place), R, W (8th Street).
The event is free and open to the public, which may call 212.998.8796 for more information. Photo ID is required for entry. Reporters interested in attending must RSVP to James Devitt, NYUs Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or email@example.com, or Jolene Travis, Cooper Unions Office of Public Affairs, at 212.353.4158 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kentridge is known for his stop-motion films of charcoal drawings as well as for works in etching, collage, sculpture, and the performing arts. An exhibition of three decades of Kentridges works will be at New Yorks Museum of Modern Art (Feb. 24-May 17) later this year. In March, Kentridge will direct a production of Dmitri Shostakovichs opera The Nose at the Metropolitan Opera House.
The son of one of South Africas most prominent anti-apartheid lawyers, Sir Sidney Kentridge, William Kentridge made a cycle of films that allegorize South Africas political upheavals through the lives of three characters: a greedy property developer, his neglected wife, and her poet lover. The eight-minute animation, Johannesburg, 2nd Greatest City after Paris (1989), which began the series, consists of two dozen scenes developed through minute changes to various drawings.
The lecture is co-sponsored by NYUs Department of Comparative Literature, Tisch School of the Arts, and the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Developments Department of Media, Culture, and Communication as well as the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union.