Block Museum presents Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey

Internationally renowned artist transforms galleries with magnetic artworks and installations

Full-scale figurative collages, gigantic felted trees and an immersive environment will transform Northwestern University’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art this fall when it presents “Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey.”

Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey
September 19-December 7, 2014
Opening Day Celebration: September 27 from 2-5pm

Organized by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, the exhibition is the first U.S. survey for Wangechi Mutu, a contemporary African artist and sculptor who has achieved great global acclaim for her works in a diverse range of artistic media.  

The comprehensive exhibition featuring her thought-provoking and rich imagery opens Sept. 19 and runs through Dec. 7 at the Block Museum, the show’s sole Midwest region venue. On Sept. 27 from 2-5pm, the museum will host an Opening Day Celebration, including an artist talk at 2:30pm in the Louis Theater next door.

Mutu is best known for large-scale collages depicting powerful hybrid female figures in lush, otherworldly landscapes. Many of her most iconic works are included in “A Fantastic Journey,” which features more than 50 works from the mid-1990s to the present.

The New York Times describes the exhibit as “magnetic…visually ravishing” art that is “at what has to be some kind of peak moment.”

The exhibit includes rarely seen early works, new creations, sketches and the artist’s first-ever animated video, titled “The End of eating Everything,” featuring singer/songwriter Santigold as a mysterious part human, part cyborg protagonist whose monstrous appetite evokes critical societal issues involving human consumption.     

The artist and members of her studio will transform the Block into an environmental installation that draws viewers directly into Mutu’s vision, including a monumental wall drawing made of materials such as soil from Kenya, the country where she was born. It promises to be one of the most ambitious presentations of work by a contemporary artist ever seen at the Block. 

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