The 59th Minute
William Kentridge is recognized for his lush animated films and drawings. His highly original films projected from laserdisks, are from the very traditional medium of charcoal drawing, which form the basis for his films. Kentridge adjusts his drawings by introducing new marks or erasing pre-existing ones. This technique ensures that the drawings retain traces of every bit of action that took place in the scene.

William Kentridge is a South African artist who is globally recognized for his handcrafted animated films, drawings and theatrical productions. His project for The 59th Minute, Shadow Procession, depicts a haunting procession of black puppet-like figures made from cardboard cutouts. The figures, hunched and crippled, move from left to right across the screen hauling their belongings-donkeys, carts, chairs, sacks, even whole towns on their backs-as if in an exodus.

Influenced by the brutality of his native land's Apartheid, Shadow Procession conveys the drudgery of living amidst prolonged violence. Their passage looks like a classical frieze of anonymous shadows in a collective journey. William Kentridge's Shadow Procession humbles onlookers with its astonishing simplicity in rendering the displacement and flight of a people amidst the cacophony of Times Square.

Shadow Procession
May 21, 2001 - September 10, 2001