Susan Vogel will explore the celebrated Ghanaian artist El Anatsui, detailing the full trajectory of his remarkable career. She offers a penetrating study of his work to date, tracing the lifelong exploration of media that led to the shimmering, ethereal tapestries of reclaimed bottle tops for which he is renowned today. Exploring Anatsui’s primary themes of loss, chaos, and decay; the intellectual community in his adopted country of Nigeria; and his inventive studio practice, Vogel traces the intertwined threads of Anatsui’s ideas, life, and art, from his youthful engagement with African traditions to monumental installations of recent years.
Vogel will sign copies of her book El Anatsui: Art and Life in the lobby of the museum following the lecture. Books are available for purchase in the Museum Shop.