In 2012, William Kentridge, the Johannesburg-born artist whose creations have been celebrated for their direct engagement with political and social issues, was selected by an esteemed panel to deliver the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard University.

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In 2012, William Kentridge, the Johannesburg-born artist whose creations have been celebrated for their direct engagement with political and social issues, was selected by an esteemed panel to deliver the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard University. Six Drawing Lessons were the resulting lectures he presented that spring at Harvard’s Mahindra Humanities Center. Art21, the award-winning nonprofit producers of Art in the Twenty-First Century, is distributing Six Drawing Lessons, each of which spans a wide range of ideas and includes vivid examples of Kentridge’s works.

Drawing Lesson One: In Praise of Shadows – William Kentridge

William Kentridge’s first of six “drawing lessons” makes the point that knowledge is in actuality subjective. Lecture date: March 20, 2012. (63 minutes)

Drawing Lesson Two: A Brief History of Colonial Revolts – William Kentridge

In this lecture, William Kentridge argues that colonialism is, paradoxically, the logical culmination of the Enlightenment. Lecture date: March 27, 2012. (72 minutes)

Drawing Lesson Three: Vertical Thinking, a Johannesburg Biography—William Kentridge

William Kentridge grapples with the legacy of South Africa’s violent history in this lecture. Lecture date: April 3, 2012. (68 minutes)

Drawing Lesson Four: Practical Epistemology, Life in the Studio – William Kentridge

Safe passage between the poles of passive acceptance and authoritarian subjugation is the theme that William Kentridge expounds upon in this lecture. Lecture date: April 10, 2012. (61 minutes)

Drawing Lesson Five: In Praise of Mistranslation – William Kentridge

In this lecture, William Kentridge explores the concepts of otherness, deformation, and mistranslation. Lecture date: April 16, 2012. (53 minutes)

Drawing Lesson Six: Anti-entropy  – William Kentridge

In this lecture, William Kentridge seeks an answer to the question “Can we avoid the end of all potentiality?” Lecture date: April 24, 2012. (63 minutes)

 

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Language

English

Date Published

2013

ISBN

9780816089734

Specifications

6-part DVD set, 380 minutes.

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