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Found Objects

New Exhibition of Works by African Artist El Anatsui at the Hood Museum of Art

The Hood Museum of Art is hosting El Anatsui: GAWU, an exhibition of metal "tapestries" and other sculptures by one of Africa's most powerful contemporary artists, through March 4. El Anatsui uses found objects to celebrate Africa's rich artistic and cultural heritage.

Peak Project in tin and copper wire
Wastepaper Basket in aluminum plates and copper wire, both by African artist El Anatsui.

The exhibition spotlights large-scale works created from found objects, including the spectacular metal cloth Hovor which the Hood Museum of Art recently acquired, and two recently completed works that will be exhibited for the first time. The works in this exhibition reference diverse relationships of trade, materiality, tradition, and modernity between West Africa, Europe, and the Americas, the human histories of materials in common use, and the African continent's concerns about the adverse affects of globalization, consumerism, and waste. Organized by the Oriel Mostyn Gallery in New South Wales, this is El Anatsui's first solo exhibition to travel the United States.

El Anatsui will speak at the opening event for GAWU on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the Arthur M. Loew Auditorium. A reception will follow in Kim Gallery. Other programming specific to the exhibition includes a Family Day, adult and teen workshops, and lunchtime gallery talks. (See the detailed calendar.)

The presentation of this Oriel Mostyn Gallery touring exhibition at the Hood Museum of Art is generously funded by the George O. Southwick 1957 Memorial Fund and the Hansen Family Fund.


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Last Updated: 12/17/08