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"A Conversation with William Kentridge about The Refusal of Time"

  • Date
    Thu, Apr 03

    Time
    5:00 PM — 5:30 AM

    Address
    SH
    160 Convent Avenue

    Location
    SH, 95

    p: 646.546.2787

    Admission
    Free

  • Event Details

    A conversation between Kentridge and Burnett about the piece “The Refusal of Time.”

    What happens when art enters into dialogue with the history of science? Find out when the eminent
    South African artist William Kentridge meets Princeton historian of science D. Graham Burnett.
    Kentridge’s installation The Refusal of Time, currently on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art,
    comprises five video channels projected around a room, at the center of which is a large kinetic
    sculpture (the “breathing machine” or “elephant”). The piece was inspired by Albert Einstein’s
    realization, forged through his study of the synchronization of clocks at national railway stations, that
    in a newly industrialized and interconnected world, time was relative and not absolute. Kentridge
    places this idea within the history of late 19th century colonialism, contrasting European efforts to
    standardize time with the persistence of local cultures and experiences of time
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