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The Picker is a teaching and collecting museum that engages local and global communities through innovative exhibitions, interdisciplinary research, dynamic outreach, and meaningful experiences with art across cultures, time, and media.

William Kentridge: Universal Archive

January 21–May 15, 2016

Renowned South African artist William Kentridge experiments with a broad thematic repertoire using diverse media. Featuring more than seventy-five linocut prints, this exhibition highlights recurring themes in Kentridge’s oeuvre—coffee pots, typewriters, trees, birds, and nude figures—and explores the artist’s creative process. The Picker’s presentation also includes the sculpture, Nose II (Walking), by Kentridge as well as a video recording of his Norton Lectures, Six Drawing Lessons, delivered at Harvard University in 2012. In addition, two documentary films, Drawing the Passing and The End of the Beginning, are on view.

William Kentridge: Universal Archive is organized for tour by the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College and is made possible, in part, by contributions from Alva Greenberg ʼ74, the Gund Gallery Board of Directors, and the Ohio Arts Council. 

Additional support comes from Colgate University’s Robert J. Gerberg ʼ59, Pʼ85 Endowment for the Visual Arts.

William Kentridge, Ref 2, 2012, from Universal Archive series, linocut printed on non-archival pages from The  Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. Image courtesy of Gund Gallery, Kenyon College and David Krut Projects,   Johannesburg/New York.

William Kentridge, Ref 2, 2012, from Universal Archive series, linocut printed on non-archival pages from The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. Image courtesy of Gund Gallery, Kenyon College and David Krut Projects, Johannesburg/New York.

History of the Gallery

The Picker Art Gallery, named in honor of Evelyn Picker, mother of the late Harvey Picker ’36, honorary doctor of science, and trustee emeritus, opened in the Dana Arts Center in 1969 and is Colgate University’s fine arts museum.
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The Picker Art Gallery’s permanent collection includes nearly 11,000 objects, among them, approximately 8,000 works of art on paper, 1,400 photographs, 900 paintings, and 300 sculptures, primarily from the 20th century. Currently housed in the Paul Rudolph–designed Dana Arts Center on Colgate University’s campus in Hamilton, NY, the Picker Art Gallery is committed to the collection and exhibition of art that enriches the university, the town of Hamilton, and the central New York region.


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