Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey

Main Gallery and Alsdorf Gallery

Wangechi Mutu, Riding Death in My Sleep, 2002, ink and collage on paper. Collection of Peter Norton, New York. © Wangechi Mutu.

Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey is a comprehensive and innovative exhibition of works by the international artist Wangechi Mutu—her first survey in the United States.

Spanning the mid-1990s to the present, the exhibition unites more than 50 pieces, from the artist’s most iconic collages to rarely seen early works and new creations.

Highlights of the exhibition include Mutu’s first animated video, created in collaboration with musician Santigold. The artist will also transform one of the Block’s galleries into an environmental installation, including a monumenta

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l wall drawing, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in her work.

Born in Nairobi, Kenya and living in New York since the early 1990s, Mutu is best known for large-scale collages depicting female figures in lush, otherworldly landscapes. Her work explores issues of gender, race, war, globalization, colonialism and the eroticization of the black female body. She often combines found materials and magazine cutouts with sculpture and painted imagery, sampling from sources as diverse as African traditions, international politics, the fashion industry, and science fiction.

Read The New York Times’ review of the Brooklyn Museum's presentation of Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey (October 10, 2013): A Window, Not a Mirror: A Survey of Wangechi Mutu at Brooklyn MuseumAdditional information about the artist as well as this exhibition may be found on the websites listed below:

Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey is organized by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University by Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art.

Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey is made possible by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Major support is provided by Marilyn M. Arthur, the Ford Foundation, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Katherine Thorpe Kerr, and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Additional generous support is provided by Duke University’s Council for the Arts; Gladstone Gallery, New York; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. Support for the presentation at the Block Museum has been provided by the Diane and Craig Solomon Contemporary Art Fund.