William Kentridge - In the Beginning Hirshhorn Museum
In light of recent developments concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19), events, exhibitions and talks are subject to change.
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has announced In the Beginning: Media Art and History, a thematic series that reimagines the museum's Black Box program. As the Hirshhorn's first-ever online exhibition, In the Beginning will explore how contemporary video, sound and performance artists use new technologies and formats to interpret history.
The final chapter, "Drawing from Memory," centers on videos that use hand-drawn animation or computer-generated imagery to reflect on the processes through which people construct and remember history. Introducing work created by William Kentridge, among others, this chapter asks viewers to consider familiar and forgotten historical events.
Stereoscope (1999) by William Kentridge addresses the history of apartheid in South Africa through the frame of a fictional character named Soho Eckstein. Using his characteristic animation style, Kentridge erased and reworked scenes of protesting crowds, exploding bombs and police violence that unfold around Eckstein, leaving traces that suggest the continued effects of history on the present.