Wangechi Mutu’s Fantastic Journey at the Brooklyn Museum


Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journeywhich opened last week at the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, features Mutu’s signature large-scale collages alongside video works, never-before-seen sketchbook drawings, a site-specific wall piece and immersive installations. The End of eating Everything, Mutu’s first ever animated video, created with the musician Santigold, was commissioned for the exhibit, allowing the two artists to create something amazing in collaboration. Mutu, a Cooper Union and Yale graduate, was born in Kenya, and her work draws from sources as diverse as African traditions, international politics, the fashion industry, pornography, and science fiction, exploring issues of gender, race, war, colonialism and global consumption. Several of Mutu’s monumental collages are on display, including new and rarely seen works. Her landscapes manage to be at once lushly tropical and post-apocalyptic, and are studded with cyborgian figures pieced together from human, animal, machine, and monster parts–miss this exhibit, which is up throughMarch 14, 2014, and you will miss a fantastic journey.

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