Artist El Anatsui converts found materials into a new type of media that lies between sculpture and painting, combining aesthetic traditions from his birth country of Ghana, his home in Nigeria, and the global history of abstraction.
The artist will discuss his work in conversation with Chika Okeke-Agulu, associate professor in the department of art and archaeology at Princeton University.
Supported in part by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Funded in part by a grant from the Cornell Council for the Arts, and cosponsored by the Africana Studies and Research Center, the Southeast Asia Program, the Department of the History of Art and Visual Studies, and the Department of Art.
This public lecture is held in conjunction with “Working Hot: Exploring Art Beyond Representation,” a Fall 2014 course exploring what can happen in the heat of the moment when artists engage with their materials. The course is a collaboration between the Johnson Museum and the Department of the History of Art and Visual Studies.