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Guest Curator of the El Anatsui Exhibition David Breslin Presents a Free Lecture at the Clark

For Immediate Release

July 28, 2011

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Guest curator of the El Anatsui exhibition, David Breslin, will present a free lecture at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Sunday, July 31 at 3:00 pm. In this special lecture, Breslin will discuss the history of El Anatsui's work, the unique challenges curators face when displaying his pieces, the global and political issues his work raises, and how the exhibition came to be realized at the Clark. El Anatsui is on view at Stone Hill Center through October 16.

The sculptor El Anatsui, born in Ghana in 1944, merges personal, local, and global concerns in his visual creations. Weaving together discarded aluminum tops from Nigerian liquor bottles, he creates large-scale sculptures called gawu (“metal” or “fashioned cloth” in the artist’s first language) that demonstrate a fascinating interplay of color, shape, and fluidity. The contrast between the coarseness of the individual elements that comprise his work and the striking final result implies an attention to contemporary political and social issues of transcendence, waste, recycling, and consumption. At the same time, the works are full of references to African cultural traditions such as weaving, Ghanaian kente cloth, and adinkra.

For Anatsui, the bottle caps represent a link between Africa, Europe, and North America: “Alcohol was one of the commodities [Europeans] brought with them to exchange for goods in Africa,” he explains. “Eventually alcohol became one of the items used in the trans-Atlantic slave trade….I thought that the bottle caps had a strong reference to the history of Africa.”

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily in July and August, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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July 28: Guest curator of the El Anatsui exhibition, David Breslin, will present a free lecture at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Sunday, July 31 at 3:00 pm. In this special lecture, Breslin will discuss the history of El Anatsui's work, the unique challenges curators face when displaying his pieces, the global and political issues his work raises, and how the exhibition came to be realized at the Clark. El Anatsui is on view at Stone Hill Center through October 16. The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily in July and August, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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