As part of Wangechi Mutu’s mid-career review at the Nasher Museum – A Fantastic Journey – the artist discusses her career trajectory and the importance of collage in contemporary art with Nasher Museum curator Trevor Schoonmaker. In this podcast, Wangechi talks about her diptych, Yo Mama, that she created 10 years ago.
This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Wangechi Mutu. Respected arts writer Tyler Green conducts a thoughtful interview with the artist on intriguing topics.
In a process rife with self-reflection and self-awareness, Wangechi Mutu gives particular thought to traditional “clear-cut” categories like African/European, white/black, male/female, archaic/modern and religious/pornographic. She seems preoccupied with the binary, but instead of opting for one over the other, he splices together her own mutated view to create a “post-human” chimera.
The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University presents artist Wangechi Mutu’s first animated video, created in collaboration with recording artist Santigold and co-released by MOCAtv on YouTube. The 8-minute video, The End of eating Everything,marks the journey of a flying, planet-like creature navigating a bleak skyscape. This “sick planet” creature is lost in a polluted atmosphere, without grounding or roots, led by hunger towards its own destruction. The animation’s audio, also created by Mutu, fuses industrial and organic sounds.
Wangechi Mutu was at the Nasher Museum recently to install her solo exhibition, Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey. Over the course of three days, the artist created a large drawing on the entrance wall. In her work, she often combines found materials and magazine cutouts with sculpture and painted imagery
The image above is a closeup of a blanket from Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey (opening Thursday, March 21).
These blankets have many uses, perhaps most recognizably in relief efforts by humanitarian organizations around the world.
The artist Wangechi Mutu chose this soft, malleable material to transform the gallery and to build the root structures for her trees here at the Nasher Museum. Different colored threads from recycled materials make each blanket unique.
In the absence of our professional staff of curators, directors and bloggers, I have volunteered to provide an amateur account of my travels through Armory Week in New York. Kind of like when you get to your seat at a Broadway show, you open your program and a little piece of paper drops out saying that the part normally played by Hugh Jackman will be covered tonight by Gilbert Gottfried. So please lower your expectations accordingly.
Trevor Schoonmaker, simply used his feet–for a total of about 30 hours of walking–to find great art at Art Basel Miami Beach. He took a pass on the glitz, but enjoyed connecting with friends and colleagues. He also loved the performances this year.
From the main fair to Chelsea galleries and New York art museums, Trevor covered a lot of ground in three days to come up with his Top Ten list of contemporary art that caught his eye, a kind of snapshot of New York in March.