Three Artists at The Caversham Press – Deborah Bell, Robert Hodgins and William Kentridge

February 8 – March 27

Opening Reception – February 9, 6-8pm


Presented concurrently with South Africa: Artists, Prints, Community/Twenty Five Years at The Cavesham Press at Boston University’s 808 Gallery, this companion exhibition features the work of three South African artists who were important participants in the early years of The Caversham Press. Bell, Hodgins, and Kentridge forged long-term relationships with both Caversham and with each other that led to the creation of three collaborative print portfolios—“Hogarth in Johannesburg (1986),” “Little Morals (1990-91),” and “Ubu Tells the Truth (1996-97)” — as well as numerous individual prints. Together, the works reflect Caversham’s early history and articulate the artists’ personal perspectives of living and creating in South Africa in the years between late apartheid and the transition to a new democracy. The exhibition comprises over 65 works, presenting selections from the three collaborative portfolios, and individual prints, including the debut of three new William Kentridge prints created specifically for the exhibition.

BU Exhibitions Director Lynne Cooney curated the exhibitions with Malcolm Christian of The Caversham Press and explains, “It was critical that the exhibitions reflect Caversham’s voice, which was made possible through two years of collaborative planning, three trips to South Africa, and endless correspondence and dialog. It was only in this unique partnership that twenty five years of printmaking could be appropriately celebrated and represented.” Prints from both exhibitions will be available for sale.


All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted:

South Africa: Artists, Prints, Community / Twenty Five Years at The Caversham Press
February 8 – March 27
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 9, 6-8pm
808 Gallery (808 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)

Three Artists at the Caversham Press – Deborah Bell, Robert Hodgins and William Kentridge
February 8 – March 27
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 9, 6-8pm
BUAG at the Stone Gallery (855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)

Lecture: Repositioning: White South African Artists in the ‘New’ South Africa
Pamela Allara, Professor emerita of Brandeis University
Presented by Boston University’s Graduate Student Art History Association
Monday, February 14, 5:30pm
BU College of Arts and Sciences (725 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 200, Boston)

Lecture: Social Imprinting, Paper Evidence: Pre- and Post-Apartheid South African Printmaking
Dr. Marion Arnold, Art Historian and Postgraduate Research Degrees Coordinator, School of the Arts, Loughborough University
Tuesday, February 15, 12:30-2pm
BU College of Fine Arts (855 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 500, Boston)

The Road to Mecca, a play by Athol Fugard
February 16-March 5
BU Theatre, Lane-Comley Studio 210 (264 Huntington Avenue, Boston)
South Africa’s preeminent playwright explores the transformative power of art in this tale of an eccentric sculptor. A production from the Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP), the professional extension of the BU School, of Theatre. Directed by Judy Braha.
Tickets: $20 general admission; additional details available at

Gallery Talk with the staff of Caversham Center for Artists & Writers: Malcolm Christian, Founder & Director; Jabu Mtheku, Administrator; Sbusiso Mvalese, artist and intern; and Hlengiwe Dlamini, artist and intern
Thursday, February 17, 12:30-2pm
808 Gallery (808 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)

Gallery Talk with Malcolm Christian
Friday, February 25, 3-4pm
808 Gallery (808 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)

Tim Hamill Visiting Artist Lecture: William Kentridge
Monday, February 28, 6:30pm
Morse Auditorium (602 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)

These exhibitions are supported by the Estate of Lindagrace Stephens, the Boston University Humanities Foundation, BU College of Fine Arts Dean Benjamín Juárez, and Vice President and Associate Provost for Research Andrei E. Ruckenstein.

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