Wangechi Mutu

Kenyan-born Wangechi Mutu combines fashion magazine imagery and ink to create elegantly grotesque collages of the female body. Her works function as potent social critique, while simultaneously exploring more poetic strains of mythology and allegory as well as the sensuousness of form, color, and pattern. Particularly interested in myths about gender and ethnicity that have long circulated in Africa and the West, Mutu has adopted the medium of collage?which by its nature evokes rupture and collision?to depict the monstrous, the exotic, and the feminine. Her figures are assembled with surgical precision from images clipped from sources as diverse as glamour magazines, National Geographic publications, coffee table books on ?classical? African art, wildlife journals, and motorcycle magazines. Mutu mixes these fragments with hand-rendered colored ink passages that recall everything from body wounds to elaborately patterned fabrics. At once beautiful and violent, Mutu?s drawings are powerful critiques of contemporary media and cultural genocide. Wangechi Mutu received her MFA from Yale University in 2000. Solo shows include Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects and Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning, Queens, NY, both in 2003. Group exhibitions include Fight or Flight, Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria; Pin-up, Tate Modern; and Figuratively, The Studio Museum, Harlem, all 2004. Please join us for an exciting look at Wangechi Mutu?s most recent projects. Please call Whitney Moeller at 312.443.3630 to make your reservation. All reservations must be made by Thursday, October 20th. The Society for Contemporary Art would like to acknowledge our partnership with Sotheby?s and the Hotel Burnham, Chicago for this and upcoming events

The Art Institute of Chicago

06:00PM – Lecture
Price Auditorium, The Art Institute of Chicag
Members – $15
Non-Members – $20

07:30PM – Dining
Park Grill, 11 N. Michigan Avenue
Members – $60
Non-Members – $75