Wangechi Mutu, Shy side-eye, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery. Full credit below.

Lecture: Wangechi Mutu

September 28, 2016
6p Reception, 6:30p Lecture
Steinberg Auditorium

Artist Wangechi Mutu, whose work is concerned with questions of self-image, humanness, and representation, will speak as part of the Sam Fox School Public Lecture Series. Her lecture is sponsored by WashU's Office of the Provost and the Law, Identity & Culture Initiative in the School of Law.

Mutu's hybridized, altered, and enhanced characters may have the appearance of cyborgs, archaic objects, and animal-life forms, making them seemingly unknowable. She seeks to investigate the subject's consciousness both of its inherent power and of its vulnerability, thereby questioning the role each and every one of us plays in our own self-determination, as well as in the recognition of others' humanity and our awareness of the state of our ailing planet. In her experiments with animation and film, she uses her own body to enact gestures that explore complex questions about the female African subject. These works investigate deeper representations of subjects usually relegated to the borders and the margins or the silent spots of our shared histories.

Mutu studied at The Cooper Union and Yale University, and has made art in New York for almost twenty years. She received a United States Artists Grant (2014) and the Brooklyn Museum's Asher B. Durand Artist of the Year Award (2013), and was honored as Deutsche Guggenheim's first Artist of the Year (2010). Mutu participated in the Venice Biennale: All the World's Futures (2015) and the Dak'Art biennale (2014). Her work is in the collections of major institutions, and she has exhibited at numerous one-person shows worldwide, including the Deutsche Guggenheim museum in Berlin; Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal; Staatliche Kunsthalle in Baden Baden, Germany; the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in Sydney; the Brooklyn Museum in New York; and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Image Credit

Wangechi Mutu, Shy side-eye, 2015. Collage painting on linoleum, 36 x 23 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery.