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Speaking from BPL's historic Central Library lobby, South African artist William Kentridge will deliver a speech entitled “Let Us Try For Once: 15½ Thoughts in the Library,” on the usefulness of dismantling tradition, the importance of uncertainty in the artistic process and the power of images to shape and misshape our understanding of the world. His lecture is part of the biannual Message from the Library series, which asks leading cultural figures to reflect on today’s most precarious issues.

Following the address, audience members will be invited to debate and discuss the issues presented in Kentridge’s remarks in breakout conversations moderated by noted writers and intellectuals.

A free, hand-printed chapbook of Kentridge's talk will be available after the discussion.

*This event will take place in the Grand Lobby of Central Library.

Breakout session leaders:

Kameelah Janan Rasheed is an artist and learner seeking to make her thinking visible through an ecosystem of iterative projects such as “architecturally-scaled collages,” (Frieze Magazine, Winter 2018), poems/poetic gestures/words in the proximity of poems, long-form essays, publications, large-scale public works, digital archives, teaching, curriculum development, lecture performances, stand up comedy, and other forms yet to be determined. Her forthcoming exhibition at Brooklyn Public Library, Scoring the Stacks, opens January 11th, 2019.  Her past work has been presented at the 2017 Venice Biennale, New Museum of Contemporary Art, The Kitchen, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Institute of Contemporary Art - Philadelphia, Printed Matter, Jack Shainman Gallery, Studio Museum in Harlem, and elsewhere. She was a 2006 Amy Biehl Fulbright Scholar in South Africa.

​Susan Minot is the author of the novels Monkeys (1986) which was published in a dozen countries and won the 1987 Prix Femina Étranger in France, Folly (1992), Evening (1998) which was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, Rapture (2002) and Thirty Girls (2014.) She has written a collection of short stories, Lust & Other Stories (1989) and of poems, Poems 4 AM (2002.) She wrote the screenplay for Bernardo Bertolucci’s Stealing Beauty, and her novel Evening was made into a film in 2007. Her play “On Island” was recently performed on North Haven island in Maine in August 2018. She has been included in numerous anthologies, including The O Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories and has written essays and travel stories for a variety of magazines and journals. She also paints watercolors and makes collages.  


Message from the Library is made possible with the generous support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation

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