Wangechi Mutu, Even, 2014. Collage painting on vinyl. 72 1/2 x 61 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery.

Rescheduled: Wangechi Mutu Lecture

March 23, 2015
6p Reception, 6:30p Lecture
Steinberg Auditorium

Wangechi Mutu's Public Lecture Series talk, originally scheduled for March 23, has been cancelled. We are hoping to reschedule this lecture for fall 2015 and will provide updates. We apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause.

Wangechi Mutu is a Kenyan-born, New York-based artist and activist whose work contains a form of personal poetic cultural criticism that engages the complexities of the daily issues, current affairs, and diverse environments that affect all humans, more specifically the disempowered. Her inventive and meticulous use of materials matched with the elegant and perhaps horrific figures are found lurking in worlds filled with hybrids. Composites themselves, they're entrapped between consciousness and dreamscapes, silences and cacophony, seemingly alive, though somewhere beyond the memory of death; still real and yet not. These characters are avatars that reveal their inherent vulnerability in spite of their dynamic potency, which comes from a malleability the artist has made of them. The figures are, after all, regenerated and intervene with reality to find and address the unfairness of this planet's realities.

Mutu has been selected for inclusion in the 2015 Venice Biennale. She is the recipient of a United States Artists Grant (2014) and the Brooklyn Museum's Artist of the Year Award (2013), and was honored as Deutsche Bank's first Artist of the Year (2010). She has exhibited at major institutions including recent one-person shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia; Deutsche Guggenheim (Berlin); the Brooklyn Museum; Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Staatlichen Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (Germany); Wiels Contemporary Art Centre (Brussels); the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University; the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University; and Miami Art Museum.