The Belknap Visitors in the Humanities

William Kentridge to Give October 14 Belknap Lecture

The Council is pleased to announce that the South African multimedia artist William Kentridge will be our 2015-16 Belknap Visitor in the Humanities. All are invited to his public lecture on October 14, "O Sentimental Machine," which will take place at 5:00 pm in McCosh 10.  He will be introduced by Susan Stewart, Avalon Foundation University Professor in the Humanities, who has written a monograph on Kentridge's works.

William Kentridge's O Sentimental Machine is a multichannel audio and video installation that explores the distant experience of participating in social events. Mimicking Trotsky dictating messages to his secretary and sending them off into the world, Kentridge represents Trotsky's idea of the human as a sentimental but programmable machine.

A reception will follow at Princeton University Art Museum and is open to the public.
To celebrate the visit, the Princeton University Art Museum has placed two of the artist's works on view: Atlas Procession I (2000), which features a sequence of calligraphic figures and marks in the round (etching, aquatint, drypoint, and letterpress) and Typewriter IV (2011), a collage of ink on found pages.

The program of Belknap Visitors was created to recognize distinguished individuals in the arts and letters. Past visitors have been Toni Morrison, Eudora Welty, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Nadine Gordimer, Roy Lichtenstein, Athol Fugard, Doris Lessing, John Updike, Edward Albee, Czeslaw Milosz, Carlos Fuentes, Frank Stella, Robertson Davies, Peter Sellars, Arthur Miller, Merce Cunningham, Harold Pinter, Adrienne Rich, Maurice Sendak, Wim Wenders, Richard Serra, Chuck Close, Twyla Tharp, Ricky Jay, Toshiko Takaezu, Meryl Streep, Roz Chast, Alice Waters, David Simon, Stephen Sondheim, Frank Rich, and Maya Lin.

Belknap Visitors spend an intensive day on campus.

Photo credit (c) Adine Sagalyn 

More information about William Kentridge's production of Alban Berg's Lulu at the Metropolitan Opera in New York this fall.

William Kentridge's multimedia chamber opera Refuse the Hour is part of BAM's 2015 Next Wave Festival.


2014-15 Belknap Visitor in the Humanities

Andrew Solomon


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