William Kentridge: Universal Archive will be on view at the Fairfield University Art Museum from March 1 – May 19, 2018; an Opening Reception will take place on Wednesday, February 28, at 6:00 p.m. in the Walsh Gallery in the Quick Center for the Arts. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
The Fairfield University Art Museum will present William Kentridge: Universal Archive, an exhibition of new work by renowned South African artist William Kentridge (b. 1955), inspired during the writing of his Norton Lectures delivered at Harvard University in 2012. In this expanding series, a familiar personal iconography is revisited – coffee pots, typewriters, cats, trees, nudes and other imagery – an intimate thematic repertoire that has appeared in art and stage productions throughout the artist’s career. The exhibition features over 75 linocut prints which are meticulously based on ink sketches and are printed on non-archival dictionary and encyclopedia pages from the 1950s. The prints, which shift from identifiable subject matter to deconstructed images of abstract marks, form juxtapositions that suggest skepticism about the creative process and knowledge construction.