William Kentridge: Universal Archive on view at the Ross

August 14, 2018

The Arthur Ross Gallery of the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to present William Kentridge: Universal Archive (August 25 – November 11, 2018). Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, William Kentridge (b. 1955) is foremost a political artist, who has witnessed the social conditions of apartheid and the aftermath of a post-apartheid world. For Universal Archive, Kentridge revisits personal iconography—coffee pots, typewriters, trees, cats, nudes, and other imagery—presenting a thematic lexicon that appears in art and stage productions throughout his career. Based on ink sketches, the linocut prints shift from identifiable subject matter to deconstructed abstract marks on dictionary and encyclopedia pages. They are the result of the artist’s experimentation, play, and gesture, serving as a metaphor of the interaction between rational and creative processes. Related Programs Thursday, September 27, 6:00 PM Film screening: William Kentridge’s 10 Drawings for Projection, 1989-2011 ONE NIGHT ONLY, courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery, New York  Tuesday, October 2, 4:30 PM Print demonstration: Discover the process of creating a linocut with Mary Tasillo, Common Press Studio Manager Location: Meet at the Ross to walk to the Common Press RSVP required, contact: Space is limited.  Tuesday, October 16, 5:30 PM Concert: South African jazz with McCoy Mrubata and Paul Hanmer, in collaboration with Carol Ann Muller, Professor, Music Department  Friday, October 26, 1:30 PM ART RESET A conversation based on Universal Archive led by Ross Graduate Lecturer in Fine Arts  Wednesday, November 7, 6:00 PM Lecture: William Kentridge’s Triumphs and Laments by Carlos Basualdo, Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Curator of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Curator at Large, MAXXI (Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo) Rome, Italy.  Light refreshments 12 @ 12 FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH AT NOON October 3 – Lynn Marsden-Atlass November 7 – Mary Tasillo, Common Press Studio Manager Join us for an inspiring gallery talk in 12-minutes flat!   William Kentridge: Universal Archive is organized for tour by the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College and is made possible, in part, by contributions from Alva Greenberg ’74, the Gund Gallery Board of Directors, and Ohio Arts Council. Additional support for the exhibition is provided by the J & AR Foundation, Bill and Kathie Hohns, the Patron’s Circle of the Arthur Ross Gallery, the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts   Arthur Ross Gallery University of Pennsylvania Housed in the Fisher Fine Arts Library Building 220 South 34th Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 Email: FREE TO STUDENTS AND THE PUBLIC To reserve a group tour please contact us at or 215-898-2083.  GALLERY HOURS Tues, Thurs, Friday: 10:00 AM—5:00 PM Wednesdays: 10:00 AM­—7:00 PM Weekends: 12:00—5:00 PM Closed Mondays Open late on Wednesday VISIT US ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER, AND INSTAGRAM