Art In America

William Kentridge: The Refusal of Time

at Metropolitan Museum of Art,
1000 Fifth Avenue

Inspired by ideas about the relativity of time as conceived by both Einstein and French mathematician Henri Poincaré, the renowned South African artist William Kentridge has created a multimedia installation that examines colonialism and chronology. The work, which combines kinetic sculpture and video rife with Kentridge's trademark stop-motion animated imagery, suggests that the colonized frequently refuse the colonizer's standardized notions of temporality. In an intriguing development in museum practice, it is a joint acquisition by the Metropolitan Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. 


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