Plot A Plan III (detail), 2007 Photo courtesy: Jack Shainman Gallery
Fresh Perpsectives: FREE TOURS of El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa
Presented by the Institute for Contemporary Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum
Sundays at 2pm, Roloff Beny Gallery, Level 4
Included with ROM Admission
Local luminaries conduct free exhibition tours with a personal point of view.
|Sun Oct 10
|| Julie Crooks, Independent curator
|Sun Oct 24
||Rosemary Sadlier, President of Ontario Black History Society|
|Sun Nov 7
||Kenneth Montague, Director of Wedge Curatorial Projects|
|Sun Nov 21
||Sarah Quinton, Curatorial Director of Textiles Museum of Canada|
|Sun Dec 5
||Peter Toh, Artistic Director of Afrofest|
El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa
The ICC at the ROM hosts the world premiere of El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa, an extraordinary opportunity to see a new selection of work, spanning the entire career of this internationally renowned artist. The exhibition includes over 60 pieces of Anatsui’s work including drawings, paintings, wood, ceramics and metal sculptures.
Best known for his monumental wall sculptures made from found objects, Ghanaian-born El Anatsui is recognized as one of the most original and compelling artists in the world today. Throughout his long career, Anatsui has transformed often-overlooked materials such as discarded metal and wood into important visual statements that embody global, local and personal histories, as well as traditional Ghanaian beliefs.
Anatsui’s large and intricate sculptural tapestries reflect on the cultural, social and economic challenges of West Africa and the world at large, in particular issues of globalization, consumerism and waste. These works transform such overlooked objects as liquor-bottle caps into moving patterns of stunning visual impact.
Moira and Alfredo Romano
This exhibition is organized by the Museum for African Art, New York, and has been supported, in part, by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
A SEASON OF AFRICA
Join us for a line-up of special exhibitions and lectures celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Africa.
5TH ANNUAL EVA HOLTBY LECTURE ON CONTEMPORARY CULTURE
Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. on The Image of the Black in Western Art
Monday, November 8, 7pm
FILM: Nollywood Babylon
Monday, October 18, 7pm
FILM: Fold Crumple Crush: The Art of El Anatsui
Wednesday, November 24, 7pm
TALK: Owning Africa: Foreign Investment in Africa’s Natural Resources
Wednesday, December 1, 7pm
TALK: El Anatsui and Contemporary African Art
Wednesday, December 8, 7pm
About the ICC
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