Monday, November 7, 2016

10:00am - 11:00am

Feminism and Art Lecture Series. Wangechi Mutu: History, Alchemy and Afro-Feminist Futurism  Feminism and Art Lecture Series. Wangechi Mutu: History, Alchemy and Afro-Feminist Futurism

Curator and art historian Saisha Grayson will explore critical themes and artistic strategies in the work of Wangechi Mutu, one of the renowned artists featured in the exhibition Her Crowd.

A Brooklyn-based artist born in Nairobi, Kenya, Mutu's multimedia practice encompasses collage, sculpture, installation, video and performance, and wrestles with the historic narratives and contemporary images that construct our global landscape, shaping how we see and treat each other and the planet we share. Her collaged paintings, drawings and videos position black female subjects as powerful agents in this terrain, while her sculpture installations illuminate the adaptive creativity of both human culture and the natural environment. Mining the past to conjure alternate images of the futures, we will consider her work is a lens through which to consider some of the most pressing issues of today.

Free and open to the public. No registration required.

Image caption:

Wangechi Mutu (b. Nairobi, Kenya, 1972)
Untitled (from Tumors series), 2004
Ink, acrylic, photocollage, and contact paper on Mylar, 41 ¾ x 42 in.
Private Collection, Greenwich, Connecticut
Image: © Wangechi Mutu, Courtesy of the artist

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1:15pm - 12:00am

Greenwich Decorative Arts Society Lecture

“Georgia O’Keefe and the Women Artists, Photographers, and Collectors of the Stieglitz Circle” 

A lecture by Lisa M. Messinger, Independent Scholar and Retired Curator of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

Refreshments immediately follow the lecture

The lecture will focus on some of the fascinating women painters (Georgia O’Keeffe and Florine Stettheimer), photographers (Anne Brigman and Marjorie Content), and art collectors (Agnes Meyer and Mabel Dodge Luhan) who associated with Alfred Stieglitz and his New York galleries in the first decade of the 20th century.  While few attained the fame of Georgia O’Keeffe, each embodied the spirit of “new woman” in forging their own path to professional and personal independence.

Lisa M. Messinger is an Independent Scholar and Retired Curator of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is an expert on the work of Georgia O’Keeffe, she has also published and lectured widely on the artists of the Stieglitz Circle.  In 2011-2012 she produced a major exhibition and collection catalogue for the Metropolitan Museum titled Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O’Keeffe.

Admission for non-members of the Greenwich Decorative Arts Society is $25. Space is limited. 

Reservations required for members and guests by October 31.  

For reservations and information: greenwichdecorativearts@gmail.com or 203-322-2967.  

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