Wangechi Mutu


Wangechi Mutu, 'Metha', 2010 Installation view MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main (detail) , Foto / photo: Axel Schneider © MMK Frankfurt
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Wangechi Mutu, born in Kenya in 1972, is a leading voice in contemporary African art. Trained as both sculptor and anthropologist, the artist is concerned with images of women in the media as much as scientific studies of people and culture. Having received a BFA from Cooper Union College in New York in 1996 and MFA from Yale University in 2000, her collage reconstructions of the female form use images taken from a variety of magazines: Vogue, National Geographic, hunting, motorbike and porn magazines. Her avatars, according to the New Yorker, “stare you down and dare you to look away.”

 

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SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015
“Wangechi Mutu,” Il Capricorno, Venice, Italy

2014
“Nguva na Nyoka,” Victoria Miro, London, UK

2013
“Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey,” Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC; Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, NY; traveling to the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL; and Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, Australia
Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

2012
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA
“This Undreamt Descent,” Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany
“Blackthrones,” Gladstone Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Muse d’art contemporain de Montral, Montreal, Canada

2011
Il Capricorno, Venice, Italy

2010
Hunt Bury Flee, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
Wangechi Mutu: My Dirty Little Heaven, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany, traveling to:Wiels Museum, Brussels, Belgium
Wangechi Mutu: This You Call Civilization?, Art Gallery of Ontario / Muse des beaux-arts de lOntario, Canada

2009
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA

2008
Wangechi Mutu: In Whose Image?, Kunsthalle Wien Project Space Karlsplatz, Vienna, Austria, curated by Angela Stief
Little Touched, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Yo.n.l, Victoia Miro Gallery, London, UK

2007
Cleaning Earth, Franklin Artworks, Minneapolis, MN
The Cinderella Curse, ACA Gallery, Woodruff Arts Center, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA

2006
Sleeping Heads Lie, Power House, Memphis, TN
An Alien Eye and Other Killah Anthems, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, NY
Exhuming Gluttony: a Lovers Requiem, Salon 94, New York, NY

2005
The Chiefs Lairs A Holy Mess, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, curated by Tara McDowell
Wangechi Mutu – Amazing Grace, Miami Art Museum, curated by Peter Boswell, Miami, FL
problematica, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

2004
Hangin in Texas, Art Pace, San Antonio, TX

2003
Pagan Poetry, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA

2002
Creatures, Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning, Queens, New York, NY

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016
“Blackness in Abstraction,” Pace Gallery, New York, NY
“Making and Unmaking,” Camden Arts Center, curated by Duro Olowu, London, UK
“Protest,” Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK
Sindika Dokolo Collection, curated by Kendell Geers, Luanda, Angola
“Africans in America,” Goodman Gallery, curated by Hank Willis Thomas, Johannesburg, South Africa

2015
“All the Worlds Futures,” 56th International Art Exhibition, curated by Okwui Enwezor, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (link)
Hello Walls, Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
Portraits and Other Liknesses from SFMoMA, Musuem of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA
Making Africa A Continent of Contemporary Design, Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain
Open this End: Contemporary Art From the Collection of Blake Byrne, traveling to: The Nasher Museum, Ohio State University Urban Arts Space, Columbus, Ohio; The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, New York, NY; the Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art at Lewis & Clark College, Vancouver, WA
Picasso.mania, Grand Palais, Paris, France
“Artists in Dialogue 3: Wangechi Mutu and Nora Chipaumire,” National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
“Conflict: Contemporary Responses to War,” University of Queensland Art Museum, St. Lucia, Australia
Hidden and Revealed, Angles Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“The Grace Jones Project,” Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA
Africa: Architecture, Culture, and Identity, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humblebaek, Denmark

2014
“Death is Your Body”, Steineres Haus Am Rmberg, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
“Divine Comedy,” MMK Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany; traveling to SCAD, Savannah, Georgia; and Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C.
“Conflict: Contemporary responses to war,” UQ Art Museum, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
“Interrupting Entropy: Selections from the Betlach Collection,” University Library, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
“Bash: An Exhibition in Two Parts,” curated by Daniel Mason, MaxArt, Woodstock, NY
“Herland,” Deutsche Bank, New York, NY
“We Live in Brooklyn Baby,” Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
“Made by Brazilians…Creative Invasion,” Sao Paulo, Brazil
Dak’art Bienniale, Dakar, Senegal
“King’s County,” Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
“Haute Africa Festival of Photography,” Knokke-Heist, Belgium
“Unbound: Contemporary Art After Frida Kahlo,” Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
“Holding it Together,” Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“Hidden and Revealed,” Angles Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“Artists in Dialogue 3,” National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.
“Bad Conscience,” curated by John Miller, Metro Pictures, New York, NY

2013
5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
“The Shadows Took Shape,” The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
“Step Right In,” The Visual Arts Center (VAC) at the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
“Broken Memories”, Museu AfroBrasil, Sao Paulo, Brazil
“Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa,” National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
“Aquatopia,” Nottingham Contemporary, UK; Tate St. Ives, UK
Migrating Identities, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Sakahn (to light a Fire), National Gallery of Canada, Ontario, Canada
A Different Kind of Order: The ICP Triennial, International Center of Photography, New York, NY
Seismic Shifts: 10 Visionaries in Contemporary Art and Architecture, National Academy Museum, New York, NY

2012
The Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway
African Contemporary Art, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Mumbai, India
There is no archive in which nothing gets lost, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX
Intense Proximity, La Triennale at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Visions of Our 44th President, Wright Museum, Detroit, MI
“Trade Routes Over Time”, Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Follow The Line, The Girls Club, Fort Lauderdale, FL
The Calendars Tale: Fantasy, Figuration and Representation, Boston University, 808 Gallery, Boston, MA
The Soul of a City: Memphis Collects African American Art, Brooks Art Museum, Memphis, TN
Six Yards, Guaranteed Dutch Design, Museum of Modern Art, Armhem, Armhem, Netherlands
Wangechi Mutu, KAWS, Jeff Sonhouse, Wim Delvoye, Gallery Zidoun, Luxembourg
28 Days, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto, Toronto, CA
Twisted Sisters, Dodge Gallery, New York, NY
Day for Night: Between Reality and Illusion, Richard Harris Terrace at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY), Presented in collaboration with Art 21, New York, NY

2011
The Bearden Project, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Twisted Selves, University of California Riverside Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA
Seeing Is a Kind of Thinking: A Jim Nutt Companion, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Stargazers: Elizabeth Catlett in Conversation with 21 Contemporary Artists, Bronx Museum, NY

2010
The Secret Lives of Trees, Monica De Cardenas Galleria, Milan, Italy
Water, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Collection: MOCAs First Thirty Years (1980 Now), The Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, CA
Until Now: Collecting the New (1960-2010), Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Disquieted: Contemporary voices from Out of the Shadows, Portland Art Museum, Oregon
Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Afro Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK, traveling to: Centro Galego de Arte Contempornea (CGAC), Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Dress Codes, The Third ICP Triennial of Photography and Video, International Center of Photography, New York, NY
Visceral Bodies, Vancouver Art Gallery, BC, Canada

2009
The Spectacle of The Everyday, 10th Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France, curated by Hou Hanru, New York, NY
Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women, and Art, Art Work for Change and the Tides Center, traveling to: The Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway; University Art Gallery, San Diego, USA; Centro Cultural Tijuana, Mexico; Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico; Chicago Cultural Center, USA; David J. Sencer CDC Museum, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, USA; New Orleans Center for Creative Arts; Newcomb Gallery, Tulane University; and Prospect 2, New Orleans, USA; Redline, Denver, Colorado, USA; The Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Fundacion Canal de Isabel II, Madrid, Spain; Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg , South Africa; Traveling to: The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Canada; Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art, Puerto Rico, USA; New York City, NY, USA
Rebelle. Art and Feminism 1969-2009, Museum Moderne Kunst Arnhem, Netherlands
Black Womanhood, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
Under the Knife, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
Sortilge, Jean-Marc Soloman, Chteau d’Arenthon, France (catalogue)
Paint Made Flesh, First Center for Visual Arts, Nashville, TN and traveling to: The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, Memorial Art Garden, Rochester, NY

2008
Videostudio, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Objects of Value, The Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
Prospect.1 New Orleans, The New Orleans Biennial, curated by Dan Cameron, New Orleans, LA
U-Turn, Quadrennial for Contemporary Art Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
Transformation AGO, The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
30 Americans, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL. Traveling to: North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN
Body Memory, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ
Damaged Romanticism: A Mirror of Modern Emotion, Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Houston, Houston, TX, curated by Terrie Sultan, David Pagel and Colin Gardner traveling to: The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, NY (Catalogue)
Black Woman Hood: Images, Icons, and Ideologies of the African Body, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Collage: The Unmonumental Picture, New Museum, New York, NY, curated by Richard Flood, Massimiliano Gioni, and Laura Hoptman

2007
Every Revolution is a Roll of the Dice, Ballroom, Marfa, TX, curated by Bob Nickas
Fractured Figure: Works from the Dakis Joannou Collection, DESTE Foundation, Athens, Greece, curated by Jeffrey Deitch
Paper Baglady and Other Stories, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK
Star Power: Museum as Body Electric, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, curated by Cydney Payton, Denver, CO
(re)Volver, Plataforma Revolver, Lisbon, Portugal, curated by Filipa Oliveira
Global Feminisms: New Directions in Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum, New York

2006
Triumph of Painting, The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
USA Today, Royal Academy of Art, London, UK
Still Points in the Turning World: SITE Santa Fes 6th Biennial, SITE Santa Fe, NM, curated by Klaus Ottman
The 2nd Seville Biennale, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Sevilla, Spain, curated by Okwui Enwezor
Having New Eyes, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
Land Mine, The Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT
Infinite Painting: Contemporary Painting and Global Realism, Villa Manin Centre for Contemporary Art, Passariano, Italy, curated by Francesco Bonami and Sarah Cosulich Canarutto
New African Art, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
If a cat gives birth to kittens in an oven, are they kittens or biscuits? Roebling Hall, Brooklyn, NY
The F-Word: Female Vocals, Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
Out of Time: a contemporary view, Museum of Modern Art, New York (curated by Joachim Pissarro)

2005
Linkages & Themes in the African Diaspora: Selections from the Eileen Harris Norton and Peter Norton Art Collections, Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA
Matisse and Beyond The Painting and Sculpture Collections, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Figures of Thinking: Convergences in Contemporary Cultures, Peeler Art Center, DePauw University,Greencastle, IN, traveling to McDonough Museum of Art, Youngstown State University, OH;
Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond, VA
Drawing from The Modern, 1975-2005, Museum of Modern Art, New York, curated by Jordan Kantor
Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN
CUT, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects
Girls on Film, Zwirner & Wirth, New York, curated by Kristine Bell
The White Rose, Brent Sikkema, New York
Greater New York 2005, PS1, Long Island City, NY
Rewind, Re-cast, Review, Berrie Arts Center, Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ, curated by Isolde Brielmaier
African Queen, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
Follow Me: A Fantasy, Arena 1, Santa Monica, curated by Malik Gaines
Only Skin Deep Changing Visions of the American Self, International Center of Photography, curated by Brian Wallis and Coco Fusco (catalogue), traveling to San Diego Museum of Art, CA; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA

2004
Africa Remix, Kunstpalast Duesseldorf, Duesseldorf, Germany, curated by Simon Njami, traveling to Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Hayward Gallery, London; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Pin-Up: Contemporary Collage and Drawing, Tate Modern, London, curated by Emma Dexter
Fight or Flight, Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York
Its About Memory, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL, curated by Simon Watson
I Feel Mysterious Today, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Palm Beach, FL, curated by Dominik Molon
Figuratively: Dave McKenzie, Wangechi Mutu, William Villalongo, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro, NC, curated by Ron Platt
Gwangju Biennale, South Korea

2003
Only Skin Deep, International Center of Photography, New York, curated by Coco Fusco Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY
Black President: the Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, traveling to The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnatti, OH; The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; Barbican Centre, London, UK, curated by Trevor Schoonmaker
We Are Electric, Deitch Projects, New York, curated by Chris Perez
Looking Both Ways: Art of the Contemporary African Diaspora, Museum for African Art, Long Island City, NY, traveling to Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA; Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA, curated by Laurie Ann Farrell
Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA
Creatures, Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning, Queens, NY
Wangechi Mutu/Carl Scholz, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY

2002
Africaine, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, curated by Christine Kim

2001
Out of the Box, Queens Museum, New York

2000
The Magic City, Brent Sikemma, New York, curated by Trevor Schoonmaker

1997
Lifes Little Necessities, Johannesburg Biennale, The Castle, Cape Town, South Africa, curated by Kellie Jones

1996
One Voice, 7th Gallery, Cooper Union, New York

 

 

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