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Wangechi Mutu Lecture

Mar 10 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Free and open to the public.


PNCA’s 511 Gallery is pleased to welcome artist Wangechi Mutu to PNCA as part of the Jordan D. Schnitzer Exhibition and Visiting Artist Series.

Wangechi Mutu is a trained sculptor and studied anthropology but first came to prominence through her collage works, which fuse a diversity of sources culled from the image gluttony of late 20th century and early 21st century life. Mutu draws from the aesthetics of traditional ritual arts, science fiction, and Afrofuturistic funkdaleia. She makes use of materials from 19th century prints, fashion magazines, scientific periodicals, pornography, and ethnographic photographs to explore the contradictions of female and cultural identity and makes reference to colonial history, contemporary African politics, and the representation of female in media. She combines her sourced materials with ink, paint, and reflective material to realize lusciously intricate full figure works and portraiture. Since the late 1990’s Mutu’s artworks have been keenly focused on the creation of surrealist characters that are hauntingly grotesque and seductive while they critique systems of power and patriarchy, both political and aesthetic.

This lecture is presented in conjunction with Wangechi Mutu: The Hybrid Human, which runs from January 19 through March 12, 2016 in PNCA’s 511 Gallery. This is the inaugural exhibition in the annual Jordan D. Schnitzer Exhibition and Visiting Artist Series.

About The Jordan D. Schnitzer Exhibition and Visiting Artist Series:

The Jordan D. Schnitzer Exhibition and Visiting Artist Series will present an annual curated exhibition from the dynamic and expansive collection over 9,000 contemporary prints of the Jordan D. Schnitzer Family Foundation to the 511 Gallery at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. The series will bring an invited artist in connection to the exhibition to engage with PNCA students, faculty, and the public through lectures, studio visits, and collaborations with the Print Media department. In addition to the Exhibition and Visiting Artist Series, selections from the Collection will be lent to the PNCA Object Library to be studied by students and faculty on a regular rotating basis.