Anderson Gallery- Environment and Object • Recent African Art

El Anatsui

Opening Friday, September 9, 6-8 pm | On view September 9 – December 11

ANDERSON GALLERY VCU, Richmond, VA

Organized by the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, this exhibition examines recent African art according to two fluid and often intertwined aesthetic and conceptual frameworks: the impact of the environment on contemporary African life, and the use of found objects and appropriated materials as a recurring presence in current African art. Charting a wide range of ways that contemporary artists from Africa are responding to environmental conditions and their own situations to make art, Environment and Object will include sculpture, photography, painting and video by well-known artists from Africa and contemporary African artists living abroad. They include El Anatsui, Zwelethu Mthethwa, and Yinka Shonibare, as well as emerging artists such as Bright Ugochukwu Eke, George Osodi, and Nnenna Okore, among others.

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Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth

In an exhibit that the New York Times labeled “must be seen to be believed,” dancer and visual artist Nick Cave (not to be confused with the musician of the same name) debuts his hand-sewn collection of Soundsuits. The outfits are wearable art that draws on elements as diverse as African ceremonial garb and runway haute couture, and their aesthetics alone are worth a gander; but it’s once the suits start to move that the real magic happens. Cave’s design expertise, combined with his penchant for found materials, results in suits that, when worn, produce sounds both ethereal and spooky. Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth has been organized by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. Support for the creation of this exhibition was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Taubman Museum, Sept. 16, 2011, December 31, 2011