Friday, March 24, 2006

Reminder: William Kentridge Films (Last Day)

Saturday, March 25th is the final day to see two William Kentridge films at San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI). Kentridge is a South African artist (b. 1955) who has gained wide attention for compact films that feature hand-drawn animation and a striking use of music. The animation method, which involves erasure and redrawing on the same sheet of paper, produces fleeting effects that outrace thought. The films are drenched in social concern but are elusive rather than didactic. Kentridge would rather haunt you than instruct you. The two films, each about 8 minutes—but you'll probably want to see them twice—are nicely presented in the Walter and McBean Galleries at SFAI. (But the gallery attendants should keep quiet, as the sound carries.) The address is 800 Chestnut St., between Jones and Leavenworth Sts. The hours are 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

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