Special Exhibition Program: Wangechi Mutu
Join artist Wangechi Mutu for an artist walk of select outdoor works included in her special exhibition. This public program is free with admission. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
Mutu’s exhibition foregrounds her current sculpture works, which populate a section of Storm King’s expansive landscape. Mutu’s work reverently engages with the natural world to address ideas of historical violence and its impact the environment as well as on women, mythology, and ritual, and their inextricable relationships with our ecosystems. The artist molds her ideas and materials to assert the existence and cultural relevance of ancient original myths, fables, and histories.
Sited outside on Museum Hill—on land that is the ancestral home of the Lenape—are eight of Mutu’s large-scale cast bronze works, including In Two Canoe, a sculptural fountain in which two figures become one with their vessel and the landscape around them. Installed in the context of Storm King’s fields, meadows, woods, and ponds, these sculptures take on new resonance, while adding layers of meaning to the site’s existing ecologies and histories, including the consideration of the site and region as colonized land. Mutu envisions landscape as a fertile backdrop for reflecting, mythmaking, and setting the scene in which women become powerful and autonomous protagonists and global indigeneity is centered. This juxtaposition asserts the importance of experiences, perspectives, and knowledge systems excluded from dominant narratives, and the capacity to imagine not only new worlds but more equitable versions of our own.
More about the Exhibition.
Approximately one hour, the artist walk will begin outside the Museum Building at 3PM, meet on the Back Patio.
This public program is free with admission to Storm King. Registration is not required. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend arriving at Storm King by 2PM to allow for parking, travel to the program location, and use of amenities. Please see the Tickets page to book your admission.
The program will include walking and standing for up to an hour and a half. A limited number of folding stools will be available.
ASL interpretation and visual description are available with two weeks advance request. All efforts will be made to meet requests made with less notice.