• March 2, 2013 · 3:30 PM
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Gravity and Grace:

Monumental Works by El Anatsui


Installation view of Broken Bridge, 2012
Paris Triennial 2012, le Palais de Tokyo, Paris
April 20–August 26, 2012. Photo by Erik Lasalle







Installation view of ARS 11
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
April 15 - November 27, 2011





The first solo exhibition in a New York museum by the globally renowned contemporary artist El Anatsui, this show will feature over 30 works in metal and wood that transform appropriated objects into site-specific sculptures. Anatsui converts found materials into a new type of media that lies between sculpture and painting, combining aesthetic traditions from his birth country, Ghana; his home in Nsukka, Nigeria; and the global history of abstraction.

Included in the exhibition are twelve recent monumental wall and floor sculptures, widely considered to represent the apex of Anatsui’s career. The metal wall works, created with bottle caps from a distillery in Nsukka, are pieced together to form colorful, textured hangings that take on radically new shapes with each installation. Anatsui is captivated by his materials’ history of use, reflecting his own nomadic background. Gravity and Grace responds to a long history of innovations in abstract art and performance, building upon cross-cultural exchange among Africa, Europe, and the Americas and presenting works in a wholly new, African medium.


After the show, enjoy an evening of festivities...

Target First Saturdays... will be dedicated to El Anatzui, including...
... a Curator Talk at 6:00pm:

Kevin Dumouchelle, Associate Curator of Arts of Africa and the Pacific Islands, discusses the exhibition Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui.

Check out Target First Saturday full program, by clicking HERE.


We will regroup in the museum cafe at 5:00pm for a discussion about the events of the day and a cup of coffee. Image of the new cafe at the museum is shown below.  Please note that the cafe is not big and will probably be crowded: grab a table before grabbing your coffee.

Museum Cafe





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Admission to the museum is suggested, which means at 3:30 pm you need to give them a dollar or something...but it is worth cutting the line, seeing the exhibition in peace and then get ready for an evening of fun and festivities!


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  • Kai

    great show

    March 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member


    March 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm not even going to attempt to ascribe words to this man's art. A must see! Thanks Andreya!

    March 2, 2013

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