Sep 16, 2010

CC/FAC Combined Art Lectures: May Stevens and William Kentridge

May Stevens, Big Daddy and George Jackson, 1972, Collage on paper, 22 x 27.5

Wednesday, October 6, 2010
5:30-6:30 p.m. starting in the IDEA Space, finishing in the FAC's Deco Lounge.
FREE and open to the public

Lecture Itinerary:

6:00 – 6:20 pm:
William Kentridge: The World is Process (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center)
6:30 pm: Tying it all together with a drink: discussion in the FAC’s Deco Lounge

Two of this autumn’s most engaging exhibitions are right across the street from each other at Colorado College’s IDEA Space and the FAC.

The exhibitions May Stevens: Crossing Time and William Kentridge: The World is Process celebrate two artists who have profoundly affected their respective genres, and yet remain under-recognized names in the Pikes Peak region. On October 6, please join Curator Jessica Hunter Larsen from Colorado College and Museum Director Blake Milteer from the Fine Arts Center for a discussion about these important artists and their contributions to contemporary art.

May Stevens has been involved in benchmark contemporary social justice movements throughout her career. Her work has protested wars, stood up for civil rights, promoted equal rights, and decried child abuse. Now in her eighties, Stevens continues to defy expectations by creating monumental landscape paintings that subtly, yet powerfully, connect her personal experience to larger social and philosophical questions. Working under the radar of the contemporary art world for the last three decades, Stevens’ recognition as an American master is long overdue.

South African artist William Kentridge (born 1955) creates works that exist somewhere between film, drawing, and theater and sometimes as a combination of all three. Kentridge's drawings and stop-motion animated videos have a subtly reflective political undertone, often investigating the cultural dualities of South Africa and the artist's birth city of Johannesburg. Kentridge states that “the world is process, not fact” and his language is infused with terms such as transition, unfolding, successive, progression, discovery, and journey; all suggestive of the spaces between origins and destinations, conflict and resolution.

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