the hipster in me takes pride in always being the first to know about or do something. however, due to sheer laziness, i just made my way to see wangechi mutu’s exhibit at the brooklyn museum this past weekend. i first learned about mutu via the above video featuring santigold. i have to admit, i didn’t initially “get” the short, but i was def intrigued. i dragged my bones to the museum for first saturday (which has really cleaned itself up) to see, in person, the dope pieces that have taken over instagram.
collage is my fave technique in art and female badassery is my lifeblood, so mutu’s work is right up my alley. rich in color and story, “a fantastic journey” is another win (i’m still reeling from the el anatsui show) this year for the bk musuem. it will be open until march 9th, meaning three more first saturdays to see this great body of work for free. afro-futurism was on everyone’s lips this year and wangechi mutu has wedged herself between the sa ras and octavia butlers, adding her name to its legacy.
*editor’s note: also be sure to check out “twice militant”, an exhibit featuring writing from lorraine hansberry to “the ladder, the first subscription based lesbian publication in the us. it’s on the same floor as wangechi mutu, so ch-check it out!