One of the most acclaimed figures of the global art world today, Ghanaian artist El Anatsui works with found materials to craft monumental works of art that challenge the traditional definitions of sculpture and painting. During the spring of 2014, the MHCAM was fortunate to collaborate with the artist not only on a sensational exhibition, but also on a personal visit to our campus. El Anatsui: New Worlds is the product of the College’s prolonged engagement with this installation—a sumptuously illustrated volume highlighting the unique responses of 20 faculty, professionals, and educators, and offering a transcript of Anatsui’s public conversation. From computer scientists to philosophers and from biologists to economists, authors examine their own creative and intellectual reactions to Anatsui’s powerful sculptures through the unique lens of their own discipline.
Events And Links
This exhibition features six of Anatsui’s large-scale sculptures—five are wall mounted and one extends into the viewers’ space across the floor. The works are all constructed in Anatsui’s signature technique of joining the bands and caps of liquor bottles into broad expanses of flexible...
Moderated by Amanda Gilvin
Reception to follow
El Anatsui: New Worlds Exhibition Opening
Chika Okeke-Agulu, Associate Professor, Princeton University