The third annual Winter/Miller Lecture (27 February 2020, 6pm) is free and open to the public.
Born in Nairobi in 1972 and trained at Yale, from which she received her MFA in sculpture in 2000, Wangechi Mutu is one of the most distinguished artists of her generation. Female empowerment is the inspiration, the solution and the result of much of her work. Using organic materials, metal and recycled objects, she references the mythology and classical artistic expressions of several African cultures and delivers a compelling alternative to traditional modes of representation. Her work has been the subject of numerous solo shows, including Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey, which traveled to the Brooklyn Museum, New York; Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, North Carolina; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; and Block Museum, Evanston, Illinois. Mutu is the recipient of Deutsche Bank’s Artist of the Year award, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Award, and the American Federation of Arts’ Leadership Award. Her work was recently included in the 2019 Whitney Biennial and is currently in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “The Façade Commission: Wangechi Mutu, The NewOnes, will free Us.”
Image: Portrait of Wangechi Mutu, 2019
Photo by Cynthia Edorh