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

Monday, November 7, 2016 — 10:00am - 11:00am

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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