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Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey

The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University has organized Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu’s first survey in the United States. The exhibition Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey runs from March 21st to July 21st 2013. Just one of the new highlights include Mutu’s first-ever animated video, created in collaboration with Santigold, commissioned by the Nasher Museum.

Mutu’s work is internationally renowned for exploring sensitive issues like race, colourism, the eroticization of the black female body, colonialism, gender, war, consumerism and globalization. She creates ” mysterious figures pieced together with human, animal, machine and monster parts.

Other features Ciné Kenya has done about Wangechi Mutu’s work include an intimate interview at her home here, her collaboration with other prolific artists here, and her incredible work as the artistic director for a Pegasus Warning music video here.

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MOCAtv: Wangechi Mutu + Santigold 

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University 

MOCAtv presents a conversation between artists Wangechi Mutu and Santigold on the making of the video “The End of eating Everything.” The video is Mutu’s first animated work, created in collaboration with Santigold and co-released by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and MOCAtv on YouTube. 

The 8-minute video, “The End of eating Everything,” marks the journey of a flying, planet-like creature navigating a bleak skyscape. This “sick planet” creature is lost in a polluted atmosphere, without grounding or roots, led by hunger towards its own destruction. The animation’s audio, also created by Mutu, fuses industrial and organic sounds.

“The End of eating Everything” was commissioned by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University as part of the new exhibition “Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey,” the first survey in the United States for this internationally renowned, multidisciplinary artist, and her most comprehensive and innovative show yet. “The End of eating Everything” can be viewed in person at the Nasher Museum through July 21, 2013. A version of this video is also shared at http://nasher.duke.edu/mutu/art.php.

Interview directed by Dylan Steinberg and edited by Tom Salvaggio.

This is Wangechi Mutu’s The Bride Who Married a Camel’s Head (2009), which is included in her first mid-career survey. The exhibition is on view at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. 

Mutu is the lead guest on this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast. She and host Tyler Green discussed this piece, including why Mutu is so interested in placing her figures on grassy pieces of land. He asked her if it had something to do with this famous Albrecht Durer:

How to listen to Mutu on this week’s MAN Podcast: Download the show to your PC/mobile device. Subscribe to The MAN Podcast via iTunesSoundCloudStitcher or RSS. See more images of art discussed on the program.

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Barkley L. Hendricks talks about his work for exhibit at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.  This is from 2008.

This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Wangechi Mutu. The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University is currently showing “Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey,” the first mid-career survey of Mutu’s work. Curated by the Nasher’s Trevor Schoonmaker, the exhibition is on view through July 21. On May 23 the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in Sydney will debut a concurrent (but obviously different) Mutu survey. It will be up through August 14.

This is Mutu’s Yo Mama (2003) from the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. It’s one of the pieces Mutu and host Tyler Green discussed on this week’s show.

How to listen: Download the show to your PC/mobile device. Subscribe to The MAN Podcast via iTunesSoundCloudStitcher or RSS. See more images of art discussed on the program.

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This is the trailer for Wangechi Mutu’s The end of eating everything (2013), her newest video piece. It features Santigold and is debuting at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University as part of Mutu’s first mid-career survey.

Mutu is the lead guest on this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast.

How to listen to the program: Download the show to your PC/mobile device. Subscribe to The MAN Podcast via iTunesSoundCloudStitcher or RSS. See more images of art discussed on the program.

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Wangechi Mutu. The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University is currently showing “Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey,” the first mid-career survey of Mutu’s work. Curated by the Nasher’s Trevor Schoonmaker, the exhibition is on view through July 21. On May 23 the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in Sydney will debut a concurrent (but obviously different) Mutu survey. It will be up through August 14.

Mutu was born in Nairobi, Kenya, schooled in Wales and New York and lives in Brooklyn. Her work, which began as mostly collage-based but has evolved to include sculpture and room-sized installations. The winner of the 2010 Deutsche Bank “Artist of the Year,” Mutu has been featured in solo exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Art Pace, the Miami Art MuseumKunsthalle Wien, the Art Gallery of Ontario and more.

This is a detail from one of the pieces Mutu and host Tyler Green discussed when talking about her use of color. It’s She Seas Dance (2012), a video installation.

How to listen: Download the show to your PC/mobile device. Subscribe to The MAN Podcast via iTunesSoundCloudStitcher or RSS. See more images of art discussed on the program.