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Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey

Brooklyn Museum, New York (U.S.A.)

11.10.2013 - 09.03.2014


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The artist's most comprehensive survey in the United States to date, Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey brings together more than fifty works from the mid-1990s to the present by this internationally renowned Brooklyn-based artist. The exhibition features Mutu's signature large-scale collages alongside video works, never-before-seen sketchbook drawings, a site-specific wall piece, and immersive installations.












Exhibition  11 October 2013 - 9 March 2013. Brooklyn Museum, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art (4ème étage) 200 Eastern Pkwy – New York, NY 11238. T. 718 638 5000. Hours: Wed-Sun 11am-6pm - Thursday 11am-10pm. Monday, Tuesday closed.

Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey, Brooklyn Museum, New York

The artist's most comprehensive survey in the United States to date, Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey brings together more than fifty works from the mid-1990s to the present by this internationally renowned Brooklyn-based artist. The exhibition features Mutu's signature large-scale collages alongside video works, never-before-seen sketchbook drawings, a site-specific wall piece, and immersive installations.

Born in 1972 in Nairobi, Kenya, Mutu scrutinizes globalization through works that combine found materials and magazine cutouts with sculpture and painted imagery. Sampling from sources as diverse as African traditions, international politics, the fashion industry, pornography, and science fiction, her work explores issues of gender, race, war, colonialism, global consumption, and the exoticization of the black female body.

On view will be Mutu's monumental collages, among them new and rarely seen works, thematically selected to focus on the relationship between her figures and their otherworldly environments. Both lushly tropical and post-apocalyptic, her Afrofuturist landscapes feature cyborgian figures pieced together from human, animal, machine, and monster parts. Commissioned for the exhibition and created in collaboration with the recording artist Santigold, Mutu's first-ever animated video—The End of Eating Everything—expands upon these themes while translating her aesthetic into a new medium.

As a central element of the exhibition, selections from Mutu's sketchbooks will trace aspects of her creative process from her student days in the 1990s to current projects and provide insight into the origins of her inspiration. In addition, Mutu will expand on her interest in landscape, transforming the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art with her installations, including a site-specific wall work combining painting, collage and sculpted elements, a hanging sculpture, and evocations of trees and roots that encroach upon portions of the gallery.


Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey is accompanied by an illustrated full-color catalogue that includes an interview with the artist conducted by the exhibition's curator, Trevor Schoonmaker, and essays by Schoonmaker, art historian Kristine Stiles, and critic and musician Greg Tate.









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