At the Block’s opening reception for its newest exhibition Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey on Saturday, Kenyan-born artist Wangechi Mutu joined Huey Copeland, associate professor of art history, in a discussion about her life and works. The audience filled nearly every seat of Louis Theater as they listened to Mutu recount her journey from a 17-year-old student from Kenya to an internationally renowned artist.
Mutu had a diverse audience ranging from art enthusiasts to children brought by their parents. Mutu talked about her journey from Kenya to the U.S. and how her personal experiences as an African in America have influenced her work. Mutu, a contemporary artist and sculptor, currently works and lives in Brooklyn. She is considered one of today's most important African contemporary artists. Her sculptures and artwork have been featured all over the world. Previously, "Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey" has been displayed at Duke University and Brooklyn Museum.