This year, she transformed Santigold into a tentacular, voracious beast covered in “spores that emit polluting smoke like factory chimneys”—among other unlikely feats. Kenyan-born artist Wangechi Mutu works in video and large-scale collage to explore gender, race, and consumption, particularly in the context of the black female body, which she often represents as a gangly pastiche of colorful patterns and haphazard features, beautiful and terrifying at the same time. Her material is “harvested” from popular lady mags as well as medical journals and hardcore porn, repurposed to portray the issues and impossible double-binds facing modern African women. Her new exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, “Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey,” includes more than 50 pieces from the mid-1990s to the present as well as site-specific work.
Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m. Starts: Oct. 17. Continues through March 9, 2013