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  • December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM
    December 31, 1969
    7:00 PM

Wangechi Mutu

Born in Nairobi, Kenya, 1972
Lives and works in New York, NY

Day 16: Wangechi Mutu

On CNN’s African Voices, Wangechi Mutu described some of her work as “feminist intervention.” Her riveting, multilayered collages of women sometimes take on fantastical, cyborg characteristics. She admitted to being obsessed with female bodies, particularly have how they can be exploited for hard labor and then be deemed worthless with regards for beauty and respect.

Watch this clip from CNN’s African Voices as Mutu explains her obsession with the female body and the obsessive nature of making collages.

Read the full story from CNN’s African Voices.


2000 M.F.A., Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT
1996 B.F.A., The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, NY
1991 I.B., United World College of the Atlantic, Vale of Glamorgan, UK

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2010 Hunt Bury Flee, Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
My Dirty Little Heaven
, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany; traveled to Wiels Contemporary Museum, Brussels, Belgium 
This you call civilization?, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada; also traveled to Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA.    
2008 Wangechi Mutu :In Whose Image?,  Kunsthalle Wien Museum, Project Space Karlsplatz, Curated by Angela Stief, Vienna, Austria 
Little Touched
, Susanne Vielmetter Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2007 The Cinderella Curse, The ACA Gallery of Savannah College of Art, Woodruff Arts Center,
Atlanta, GA [cat.]
Yo.n.I, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK [cat.]
2005 Wangechi Mutu - Amazing Grace, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL [cat.]

Selected Group Exhibitions

2010 Faces, Calleria Monica de Cardenas, Milan, Italy
At Home/Not at Home: Works from the Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg
, curated by Matthew Higgs, Hessel Museum of Art/Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 
Disquieted: Contemporary Voices from Out of the Shadows, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR   Until Now: Collecting the New 1960-2010, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
The Modern Myth: Drawing Mythologies in Modern Times, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
Afro-Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool
Inaugural Group Exhibition, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA 
Contemplating the Void, Guggenheim, New York, NY
2009 Paint Made Flesh, Frist Center for Visual Arts, Nashville, TN; traveling to The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY [cat.]
Performa 09, Performa Biennial, New York, NY 
Collection: MOCA’s First Thirty Years, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles 
The Spectacle of the Everyday, Biennale d’art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon
Dress Codes: The Third ICP Triennial of Photography and Video, International Center of Photography, New York 
Wishful Thinkers, Milk Gallery Project, New York, NY
Black Womanhood, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California 
Collected, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY 
Sortilége, Fondation pour L’art Contemporain, Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon, Alex, France  
Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art, Art Works for Change, Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway
Under the Knife, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA    
2008 Collage: The Unmonumental Picture, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY [cat.]
Damaged Romanticism: A Mirror of Modern Emotion, Blaffer Gallery at the Art Museum of the University
of Houston, Houston, TX; traveled to The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY; Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, NY [cat.]
Prospect.1 New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
2007 Whitney Gala Auction, Whitney Museum, New York, NY
Objects of Value
, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
Videostudio, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Eros: Love, Lust and its Consequences, Richard L. Feigen & Co., New York, NY 
Art Gallery of Ontario: Grand opening of the New Contemporary Tower, Toronto, Canada   Excert, Selections from the Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn Collection, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY 
U-Turn: Quadrennial for Contemporary Art Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
Pandora’s Box, Dunlop Art Gallery, Saskatchewan, Canada
In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor, Laguna Art Museum, CA
Black Woman Hood: Images, Icons, and Ideologies of the African Body, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH  
2006 USA TODAY: New American Art from the Saatchi Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK [cat.]

Selected Collections

The Blanton Museum, University of Texas, Austin, TX
The Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
The Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago IL
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY/ Judith Rothshild Foundation
The Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom
The San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

30 Americans is organized by the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. The presenting sponsor at the Corcoran Gallery of Art is Altria Group.

Additional support has been provided by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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