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Meleko Mokgosi

Pan-African Pulp

Image: Meleko Mok­gosi, Acts of Resis­tance, 2018, oil on can­vas. Cour­tesy the artist. © Meleko Mokgosi. 

Saturday, September 21, 2019
7:30 pm


In-person Event



Open to the public
Free of charge

Spe­cial Event: Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 21, 7:30pm / Hel­mut Stern Audi­to­rium, UMMA, 525 S State St, Ann Arbor 48109

For his UMMA com­mis­sion, Botswana-born artist Meleko Mok­gosi explores the his­tory of Pan-African­ism, the global move­ment to unite eth­nic groups of sub-Saha­ran African descent. Titled Pan-African Pulp, the exhi­bi­tion fea­tures large-scale pan­els inspired by African photo nov­els of the 1960s and 70s, a mural exam­in­ing the com­plex­ity of black­ness, posters from Pan-African move­ments founded in Detroit and Africa in the 1960s, and sto­ries from Setswana lit­er­a­ture. Mok­gosi is an artist and an asso­ciate pro­fes­sor in paint­ing and print­mak­ing at the Yale School of Art. By work­ing across his­tory paint­ing, cin­e­matic tropes, psy­cho­analy­sis, and post­colo­nial the­ory, Mok­gosi cre­ates large-scale project-based instal­la­tions that inter­ro­gate nar­ra­tive tropes and the fun­da­men­tal mod­els for the inscrip­tion and trans­mis­sion of his­tory. His art­work has been exhib­ited nation­ally and inter­na­tion­ally at venues includ­ing the Botswana National Gallery, the Hud­son Val­ley Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Art Museum, The Stu­dio Museum in Harlem, the Armand Ham­mer Museum of Art and Cul­ture Cen­ter, Yerba Buena Cen­ter for the Arts, the Lyon Museum of Con­tem­po­rary Art, The Insti­tute of Con­tem­po­rary Art Boston, Rochester Con­tem­po­rary Art Cen­ter, the Uni­ver­sity of Rochester’s Memo­r­ial Art Gallery, Williams Col­lege Museum of Art, The Fowler Museum at UCLA, and the Bal­ti­more Museum of Art.

Pre­sented in part­ner­ship with the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan Museum of Art (UMMA). Lead sup­port for this com­mis­sion is pro­vided by Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch. Addi­tional gen­er­ous sup­port is pro­vided by the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan African Stud­ies Center.

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