#NowOnView: recently added to the ICA's permanent collection, #WangechiMutu's 'Untitled (Tumor)' is on view for the first time at the museum.
Mutu's multidisciplinary practice addresses issues of gender, race, power, and survival. For this work, the artist drew from medical illustrations and fashion and nature magazines to create an image resembling a fleshy tumor with sprouting hair and legs or a floating ball of earth with tangled roots. Mutu is known for her maximalist aesthetic, which defies strict classification but aligns itself with feminism and Afrofuturism.
Wangechi Mutu (@mutustudio), Untitled (Tumor), 2006. Ink, acrylic, paper, and mixed media on Mylar. Installation view, ICA Collection: Entangled in the Everyday, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, 2019. Gift of Jerome and Ellen Stern. Photo by Emily Tebbetts @emilytebbetts © Wangechi Mutu
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#NowOnView: artist Senga Nengudi exhibited this work in her breakthrough 1977 show at Just Above Midtown Gallery (JAM), whose mission was to provide an exhibition platform for black artists. A leading figure of the African American avant-garde, Negundi is known for her humanlike nylon mesh sculptures, which she often incorporates into her performances, testing their limits by manipulating, wearing, and stretching. #BlackHistoryMonth
Senga Nengudi, R.S.V.P. Reverie–“B” Suite, 1977/2011. Nylon mesh, sand, and pole, 60 × 48 × 48 inches (152.4 × 121.9 × 121.9 cm). Installation view, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, 2018. Photo by Charles Mayer Photography.
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