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El Anatsui

When I Last Wrote to You About Africa


Thursday, February 7, 2013
5:10 pm


In-person Event

Michigan Theater
603 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104


Penny Stamps Speaker Series
Open to the public
Free of charge
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Drawing on African and Western traditions, Ghanaian artist El Anatsui experiments with a range of humble materials, including wood, ceramics, paint and found objects,to create powerful works that comment on cultural exchange, translation, globalization, and impermanence. In addition to exhibitions throughout Africa, his work has been shown in Europe, the United States and Japan as well as at the Venice, Havana and Johannesburg biennales. His sculpture is held in numerous public collections around the world, including the Metropolitan museum of Art, the National Museum of African Art, and the Smithsonian Institution. Anatsui continues to live and work in Nsukka, Nigeria, but maintains close connections with his native Ghana.

El Anatsui will be interviewed by longtime colleague and University of Toronto Professor Elizabeth Harney.

With support from the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) and in conjunction with the exhibition, El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa, organized by the Museum for African Art, New York, and on view at UMMA beginning February 22013.


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