Oregon ArtsWatch's Grace Kook-Anderson provided an in-depth look at the artwork in Wangechi Mutu: The Hybrid Human at Pacific Northwest College of Art. The exhibition, the first in the Jordan D. Schnitzer Exhibition and Visiting Artist Lecture Series, featured several Wangechi Mutu prints anchored by two series: Histology of Different Classes of Uterine Tumors and The Original Nine Daughters.
Kook-Anderson writes, "Mutu’s imagery reveals the body as if turned inside-out, becoming many things—the alluring shimmer of glitter, the stunning blood-like splatter, the viscous texture offset by soft fur, machine parts merged with animal anatomies. In Mutu’s visual language, these mythological siren figures disarm us, and we can consider femaleness and blackness beyond the confines of the historical gaze."
The Jordan D. Schnitzer Exhibition and Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents curated exhibitions from the dynamic and expansive collection of more than 9,000 contemporary prints of Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation at the Pacific Northwest College of Art 511 Gallery. The series brings an invited artist in connection to the exhibition to engage with PNCA students, faculty, and the public through lectures, studio visits, and collaborations with the MFA in Print Media program. In addition to the Exhibition and Visiting Artist Series, selections from the Collection will be lent to the PNCA Object Library to be studied by students and faculty on a regular rotating basis.
The next exhibition in the series is James Rosenquist: Lifetime Achievement Award Exhibition, opening March 22nd.
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