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Durham County Library Hosts Discussion of Nasher Exhibit Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey

Program: Art with the Experts: Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey
Date: Monday, May 20
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Trevor Schoonmaker, the Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum, and Juline Chevalier, Curator of Education at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, will present a discussion and slide lecture on the current exhibit Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey on Monday, May 20, at 7 p.m. at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro Street.

This is Mutu’s first major solo museum exhibition and the most comprehensive and experimental show for this internationally-renowned multidisciplinary artist. Born in 1972 in Nairobi, Kenya, and based in Brooklyn, NY, Mutu tackles the issues pertaining to globalization from the margins of the Global South through an afro-futurist lens. Much as Hannah Höch and Romare Bearden were seminal artists employing the medium of collage in their respective eras and cultures, Mutu defines today’s multi-faceted 21st century global sensibility through her hybridized aesthetic. Combining found materials and magazine cutouts with sculpture and painted imagery, she samples from sources as diverse as African traditions, international politics, the fashion industry and science fiction.

With over 40 works from the mid 1990s to the present, the exhibition incorporates all aspects of Mutu’s current practice including collage, drawing, installation, sculpture, performance and video. A central element of the exhibition is her first-ever animated video.

This program is sponsored by Durham Library Foundation. For more information, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268.

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

CONTACT: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or

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