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The 2018 Ruth K. Franklin Lecture on the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas: El Anatsui in Conversation
Tonight only—hear internationally renowned contemporary artist El Anatsui, who is visiting from his home in Nigeria. Anatsui’s work examines the historical and predatory nature of the relationship between Africa and the West, as well as other important issues, and challenges our ideas about what African art is and what it looks like.
His large-scale sculptures, made of discarded materials that we usually consider waste, draw connections between consumption, waste, and the environment — all subjects of concern and study at Stanford.
One of the artist’s signature works, Uwa, is part of the Cantor’s permanent collection and is on display in the Thomas K. Seligman gallery. This colorful work is made from hammered, folded, crumpled, and crushed liquor bottle caps. The use of these materials in new ways focuses our attention on an anxious and unpredictable global reality.
Anatsui will be in conversation with Sylvester Ogbechie, professor of art history, UC Santa Barbara.
We gratefully acknowledge support from the Ruth K. Franklin Lecture and Symposium Fund.
- Wednesday, October 17, 2018
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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This event is free and open to the public. No tickets or advanced reservations are required.
- General Public, Faculty/Staff, Students, Alumni/Friends, Members
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