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Herron to Host Advance Screening of William Kentridge Film Set for PBS

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September 16, 2010

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The nonprofit organization Art21 has selected Herron School of Art and Design as one of the national sites to present a very limited preview screening of its film “William Kentridge:
Anything is Possible.”  The film premiers at 10 p.m. (ET) on Oct. 21, 2010, on PBS.

The advance screening will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 6, 2010, in the Basile Auditorium of
Eskenazi Hall, 735 W. New York St. A panel discussion with Herron faculty members and
community experts will follow the screening. The screening and panel discussion is free of charge and open to the public.

Kentridge is acclaimed as one of the most dynamic and exciting contemporary artists working today. 

Danielle Riede, assistant professor of painting and chair of Herron’s Visiting Artist,
Lecture and Exhibition Committee, said “William Kentridge’s work touches on the
universal themes of race and the role of the artist as storyteller in an eloquent and
unapologetic way. We are thrilled to present this compelling documentary and
interdisciplinary panel discussion not only to Herron Students, but to the IUPUI
community and the broader public.”

The Museum of Modern Art describes Kentridge, a South African, as “a remarkably versatile
artist whose work combines the political with the poetic. Dealing with subjects
as sobering as apartheid, colonialism, and totalitarianism, his work is often imbued
with dreamy, lyrical undertones or comedic bits of self-deprecation that render his
powerful messages both alluring and ambivalent. Best known for animated films
based on charcoal drawings, he also works in prints, books, collage, sculpture and the
performing arts.”

“William Kentridge: Anything is Possible” is the first ART21 film produced for
national television broadcast outside of the Emmy-nominated series “Art in the
Twenty-First Century”. The film is also Art21′s first full-length documentary film
about a single artist.

Founded in 1997, Art21 works to make contemporary visual art more accessible
through public television and the Internet, supporting increased knowledge about and
discussion of art and the people who make it.

For additional information on the PBS broadcast, go to:

http://www.pbs.org/art21 .