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William Kentridge: More Sweetly Play the Dance

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More than 130 feet long, William Kentridge’s 8-channel video installation, More Sweetly Play the Dance, encircles the viewer. Partly filmed live, partly rendered in Kentridge’s signature animated style, the work covers the walls of a gallery with images of a procession in a blasted landscape. An update of the danse macabre, this parade of death includes a brass band in the lead, followed by people carrying possessions or shrouded bodies, priests, patients dragging their IV drips, skeletons, and a live ballerina (South African dancer Dada Masilo), who wears a military uniform and carries a rifle. Wooden chairs for the viewers and four megaphones on tripods playing the soundtrack make this performative video an immersive experience. Combining elements of medieval allegory with evocations of recent sights such as Syrian refugees and bodies felled by Ebola, Kentridge presents a never-ending carnivalesque reminder of our own mortality that is by turns morbid, chilling, comic, and political. But in the artist’s hands, the triumph of death ultimately becomes a celebration of resilience and life. William Kentridge is regarded as one of the most significant contemporary artists of our time. He has gained international recognition for his distinctive animated short films, and for the charcoal drawings he creates through a unique process of erasure and re-drawing. A native of Johannesburg, Kentridge has always addressed the more challenging and intimate aspects of contemporary life in South Africa, during both Apartheid and the post-Apartheid period, investigating the ways in which identities are shaped through shifting ideas of history and place. In the course of his examination, he explores the role of poetry in contemporary society, and offers a biting, satirical commentary of that society, proposing a way of seeing life as process rather than as fact. He is a visual artist, a filmmaker, a director, and a great raconteur. His body of work has spanned several artistic disciplines over three decades. Through the mediums of film, sculpture, installation, charcoal drawing, and his work in theater, Kentridge has explored the nature of memory and emotions, and the ambiguity and complexity of social conflicts in the age of globalization.

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• Wed 8/22/18 - Fri 8/24/18 at 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
• Sat 8/25/18 at 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
• Sun 8/26/18 at 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
• Wed 8/29/18 - Fri 8/31/18 at 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
• Sat 9/1/18 at 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
• Sun 9/2/18 at 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
• Wed 9/5/18 - Fri 9/7/18 at 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
• Sat 9/8/18 at 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
• Sun 9/9/18 at 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
• Wed 9/12/18 - Fri 9/14/18 at 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
• Sat 9/15/18 at 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
• Sun 9/16/18 at 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
• Wed 9/19/18 - Fri 9/21/18 at 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
• Sat 9/22/18 at 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
• Sun 9/23/18 at 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
• Wed 9/26/18 - Fri 9/28/18 at 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
• Sat 9/29/18 at 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
• Sun 9/30/18 at 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Other Upcoming Events

By The People: Designing a Better America

Art Show

Exhibition on View During Museum Hours: Wednesdays–Fridays, 1:00 – 6:00 PM; Saturdays, 1:00 – 8:00 PM; Sundays, 1:00 – 6:00 PM The first design exhibition scheduled in the MDC Museum of Art and Design after its April 2018 reopening, By the People: Designing a Better America will explore the challenges faced by urban, suburban and rural communities in the U.S. and its bordering countries. Based on more than two years of field research—traveling to shrinking post-industrial cities, sprawling metro regions, struggling rural towns, border regions, areas impacted by natural and man-made disaster, and places of persistent poverty, this exhibition presents collaborative designs for more equitable, inclusive and sustainable communities. Organized by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian American Design Museum, and curated by Cynthia E. Smith, the exhibition features sixty design projects from every region across the United States, the exhibition will highlight design solutions that expand access to education, food, health care and affordable housing; increase social and economic inclusion; offer improved alternative transportation options; and provide a balanced approach to land use between the built and natural environment. By the People aims to empower visitors to see themselves as designers—not just of objects, but also of ideas, strategies, and solutions that improve their daily lives. The exhibition will showcase the innovative and impactful actions generated through design, and inspire creative problem-solving at local, regional, national, and even international levels.

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• Wed 8/22/18 - Fri 8/24/18 at 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
• Sat 8/25/18 at 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
• Sun 8/26/18 at 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
• Wed 8/29/18 - Fri 8/31/18 at 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
• Sat 9/1/18 at 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
• Sun 9/2/18 at 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
• Wed 9/5/18 - Fri 9/7/18 at 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
• Sat 9/8/18 at 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
• Sun 9/9/18 at 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
• Wed 9/12/18 - Fri 9/14/18 at 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
• Sat 9/15/18 at 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
• Sun 9/16/18 at 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
• Wed 9/19/18 - Fri 9/21/18 at 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
• Sat 9/22/18 at 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
• Sun 9/23/18 at 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Medellin: A City for Public Life

Art Show, Design, Art Talk

Medellin: A City for Public Life. Lecture by Jorge Pérez Jaramillo (Universidad de Santo Tomás, Medellin, Colombia). Seen as an urban failure, Medellin was once plagued by violence and terrorism, deep social fractures, economic crisis, and a breakdown of democracy and the rule of law. Yet today the city stands as an inspiring example of overcoming urban ills. Jorge Pérez Jaramillo, Medellin's former director of urban planning, offers a critical analysis of Medellin’s profound urban changes from the 1980 crisis until today, detailing the collective processes that, through strategic planning, led to increased local democracy, equity, and human development. Jorge Perez-Jaramillo is the Dean of the Santo Tomás University Faculty of Architecture and the former Chief Planner of the city of Medellín (2012-15), and deputy chief planner of the Medellin Metropolitan Area (2004-2008). Thanks to his work, the city was recognized as the Most Innovative City 2012 WSJ Citi ULI, Special Mention Lee Kwan Yew Prize 2014 Singapore, 100 Resilient Cities Rockefeller Foundation, and other many awards for its innovative initiatives. In 2017, he was Visiting Fellow at the Cambridge University King´s College, in the UK. He is currently writing a book on Medellín’s urban evolution.

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• Thu 9/27/18 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Building Up! Cooperative Urban Reengineering, Alejandro Haiek (LAB.PRO.FAB, Venezuela)

Art Show, Design

Award-winning Venezuelan architect Alejandro Haiek co-founded LAB.PRO.FAB (Project and Fabrication Laboratory) in the early 2000s to address social, political, and environmental issues through a collaborative architectural practice. Working outside official channels in the slums of Caracas, he has initiated bottom-up, community-based projects and built unconventional structures that encourage social diversity, community empowerment, cultural activism, and sustainability. This presentation will focus on two of LAB.PRO.FAB’s innovative and subversive projects that reimagine relations between public landscapes, post-industrial ecologies, and political networks.

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• Fri 9/28/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

By The People: Designing a Better America

Art Show

Exhibition on View During Museum Hours: Wednesdays–Fridays, 1:00 – 6:00 PM; Saturdays, 1:00 – 8:00 PM; Sundays, 1:00 – 6:00 PM The first design exhibition scheduled in the MDC Museum of Art and Design after its April 2018 reopening, By the People: Designing a Better America will explore the challenges faced by urban, suburban and rural communities in the U.S. and its bordering countries. Based on more than two years of field research—traveling to shrinking post-industrial cities, sprawling metro regions, struggling rural towns, border regions, areas impacted by natural and man-made disaster, and places of persistent poverty, this exhibition presents collaborative designs for more equitable, inclusive and sustainable communities. Organized by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian American Design Museum, and curated by Cynthia E. Smith, the exhibition features sixty design projects from every region across the United States, the exhibition will highlight design solutions that expand access to education, food, health care and affordable housing; increase social and economic inclusion; offer improved alternative transportation options; and provide a balanced approach to land use between the built and natural environment. By the People aims to empower visitors to see themselves as designers—not just of objects, but also of ideas, strategies, and solutions that improve their daily lives. The exhibition will showcase the innovative and impactful actions generated through design, and inspire creative problem-solving at local, regional, national, and even international levels.

Information:

• Wed 9/26/18 - Fri 9/28/18 at 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
• Sat 9/29/18 at 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
• Sun 9/30/18 at 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM