OPENING--El Anatsui: Process and ProjectMarch 25, 2009
7pm - 9pm
BRIC Rotunda Gallery, 33 Clinton Street, Brooklyn, NY
This spring, the Museum for African Art and BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn will present thirty years of never-before-seen drawings and sketches by the acclaimed sculptor El Anatsui.
The exhibition El Anatsui: Process and Project features Anatsui’s drawings for major sculptures in ceramic and wood, archival photographs of the artist at work in his studio in Nigeria, as well as the artist's sketchbooks, many of which show early designs that presage his famous liquor-bottle top “cloth” sculptures and large scale in situ installations. At the center of the exhibition is the monumental installation Peak Project (1999). Originally shown in the windows of Selfridges & Co., the London department store, Peak Project is composed of numerous freestanding “peaks” made from thousands of glittering tin-can lids.
El Anatsui: Process and Project, curated by MfAA Assistant Curator Lisa Binder, is a preview for El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You About Africa, a major retrospective of the artist’s career and an inaugural show for the MfAA’s new building on Museum Mile, set to open in 2010.www.africanart.org