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Lecture by Jane Taylor on William Kentridge

November 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Free with admission

Jane Taylor, academic, playwright and curator, will be presenting a lecture exploring William Kentridge’s diverse methods of working in the studio, and hosting a walkabout through the exhibition “Why Should I Hesitate: Sculpture”.

14:00 – Why Should I Hesitate: Sculpture walkabout led by Jane Taylor

14:40 – William Kentridge Lecture by Jane Taylor

Titled “William Kentridge: from his Stone Age film to his Bronze Age Sculptures”, Taylor will engage his ongoing enquiry into the relationship between vision and representation: what we see and make of it when we describe it – whether that description is in 2D or 3D work. Kentridge has worked in numerous media, including drawing, film and performance, and the talk will trace the emergence of his sculptural work through his experiments in other media.

Attendance to the lecture is free with museum admission. Students with valid student cards have free admission from 14:00 – 15:30.

Please RSVP to rsvp@norvalfoundation.org to book your spot. 

About Jane Taylor

Jane Taylor currently holds the Andrew W Mellon Chair of Aesthetic Theory and Material Performance at the Centre for Humanities Research (CHR) at the University of the Western Cape. She  works on puppetry arts and is director of LoKO, the Laboratory of Kinetic Objects, a performance initiative in Cape Town.

Taylor wrote the play Ubu and the Truth Commission, as well as the opera libretto of The Confessions of Zeno for artist William Kentridge and Handspring Puppet Company. She edited the volume of essays Handspring Puppet Company, a collection exploring the work of Kentridge’s long-term collaborating partners.  She is a published novelist and curator.  Her monograph William Kentridge: Being Led by the Nose has just been published by the University of Chicago. She also edited That Which We Do Not Remember, the catalogue for Kentridge’s recent exhibition in Sydney, Australia.

She has been the recipient of fellowships from Oxford and Cambridge, was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago, and held the Visiting Avenali Chair of the Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley; and was writer-in residence at Northwestern University in Illinois. Her essay “The Shadow of a Doubt: William Kentridge’s Bronze Age” was the first published essay about Kentridge’s bronzes. Written for the curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (2004), the essay explored the enigmatic fact that the first time Kentridge worked in the fundamentally 3D form of bronze sculpture, he chose for his subject matter, the shadow: that quintessentially two dimensional form (without substance).

In 2017 Taylor was guest curator of Season Four of Kentridge’s arts incubator, The Centre for the Less Good Idea.



November 2
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Free with admission
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