Virtues of Bastardy: Mixed metaphors and collaborations in the studio

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Friday, October 4
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Regenstein Library, Room 122
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637

David Nirenberg, Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Professor of Medieval History and Social Thought and founding Roman Family Director of the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society acted as a moderator for the program.

Part of the official launch of the Neubauer Family Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago.

WILLIAM KENTRIDGE'S work has been seen in museums and galleries around the world since the 1990s, including Documenta in Kassel, Germany (1997, 2003, 2012), the Museum of Modern Art in New York (1998, 2010), the Albertina Museum in Vienna (2010), Jeu de Paume in Paris (2010), and the Musée du Louvre in Paris (2010), where he presented Carnets d’Egypte, a project conceived especially for the Egyptian Room. Kentridge’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute was presented at Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels, Festival d’Aix, and at La Scala in Milan. This September, Kentridge directs Shostakovich’s The Nose at The New York Metropolitan Opera, where it returns after its inaugural run in 2010 (the production traveled to Festival d'Aix and to Lyon in 2011), and Marian Goodman Gallery in New York presents Kentridge’s exhibition Second-hand Reading. The 5-channel video and sound installation The Refusal of Time was made for Documenta (13) in Kassel, Germany in 2012, and was also presented at MAXXI in Rome late last year. In 2010, Kentridge received the prestigious Kyoto Prize in recognition of his contributions in the field of arts and philosophy.  In 2011, he was elected as an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and received the degree of Doctor of Literature honoris causa from the University of London. In 2012, Kentridge presented the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard University and was elected member of the American Philosophical Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Also in that year, he was awarded the Dan David Prize by Tel Aviv University, and was named as Commandeur des Arts et Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. In 2013, William Kentridge was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts by Yale University.

JANE TAYLOR is a writer, curator and scholar from South Africa, with a particular interest in Theatre Arts. She has directed several productions (most recently a play "After Cardenio" that she wrote on commission from Renaissance scholar Stephen Greenblatt.) She has worked with William Kentridge on several projects for the past three decades. She has curated his work in exhibitions, including "Displacements: South African Works on Paper" at the Block Gallery at Northwestern University. She has written a playscript ("Ubu and the Truth") Commission" and an opera libretto ("Confessions of Zeno") with Kentridge and Handspring Puppet Company; she has written extensively on his work for scholarly publications and is completing a manuscript on his production of Shostakovich's "The Nose" at the Metropolitan Opera. For the past decade Taylor has been a regular Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago in the Department of English, and has been Visiting Schaffner Professor at the Franke Institute. In 2013 Taylor took up the Wole Soyinka Chair of Workshop Theatre in the School of English at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.

Virtues of Bastardy: Mixed metaphors and collaborations in the studio

As part of the official launch of the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago, South Africa's most celebrated contemporary artist William Kentridge and South African writer, curator, and scholar Jane Taylor discussed the role of collaborations in creating narrative across media.