Winter/Miller Lecture: Wangechi Mutu

Artist Wangechi Mutu poses for the camera with her arms crossed and a smile. We see framed artwork in the background
Portrait of Wangechi Mutu, 2019, photo by Cynthia Edorh

Join us for the third annual Winter/Miller Lecture on Thursday, February 27, at 6:00 PM, featuring acclaimed artist Wangechi Mutu.

Mutu’s appearance at the Tang Teaching Museum is by invitation from Caroline Coxe ’20, a Studio Art major. She holds the prestigious 2019-20 Eleanor Linder Winter ’43 Internship, a one-year pre-professional program in museum work for Skidmore students. In this role, Coxe is charged with the research, planning, and coordination of the annual Winter/Miller Lecture.

The Winter/Miller Lecture is made possible through a generous gift by the family of Eleanor Linder Winter ’43. The inaugural Winter/Miller lecture was delivered in March 2018 by artist Nicole Eisenman. Chris Ware delivered the second annual lecture in February 2019.

This event is free and open to the public.

About Wangechi Mutu

Born in Nairobi in 1972 and trained at Yale, from which she received her MFA in sculpture in 2000, Wangechi Mutu is one of the most distinguished artists of her generation. Female empowerment is the inspiration, the solution and the result of much of her work. Using organic materials, metal and recycled objects, she references the mythology and classical artistic expressions of several African cultures and delivers a compelling alternative to traditional modes of representation. Her work has been the subject of numerous solo shows, including Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey, which traveled to the Brooklyn Museum, New York; Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, North Carolina; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; and Block Museum, Evanston, Illinois. Mutu is the recipient of Deutsche Bank’s Artist of the Year award, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Award, and the American Federation of Arts’ Leadership Award. Her work was recently included in the 2019 Whitney Biennial and is currently in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “The Façade Commission: Wangechi Mutu, The NewOnes, will free Us.”

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