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El Anatsui: GAWU

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Transforming Trash: Powerful New Exhibition of Works by African Artist El Anatsui at the Hood

β€œIn Mr. Anatsui's hands, it is a shining new kind of cloth, permeable but indestructible. It is a universal repository of infinite extension. Glinting and shimmering, it reflects an African essence of three interchangeable parts always in motion; memory, reality, determination.” (Holland Cotter, New York Times, November 2005)

HANOVER, N.H. β€” The Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College will host El Anatsui: GAWU, an exhibition of outstanding metal "tapestries" and other sculptures by one of Africa's most powerful contemporary artists, from January 6 through March 4, 2007. El Anatsui uses found objects to celebrate Africa's rich artistic and cultural heritage. This exhibition spotlights large-scale works created from found objects, including the spectacular metal cloth Hovor, which the Hood Museum of Art recently acquired, and two recently completed works that will be exhibited for the first time. The works in this exhibition reference diverse relationships of trade, materiality, tradition, and modernity between West Africa, Europe, and the Americas, the human histories of materials that surround us,  and the African continent's broader concerns about the adverse affects of globalization, consumerism, and waste. Organized by the Oriel Mostyn Gallery in North Wales, United Kingdom, this is El Anatsui's first solo exhibition to travel the United States.

El Anatsui will speak at the opening event for GAWU on Wednesday, January 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the Arthur M. Loew Auditorium. A reception will follow in Kim Gallery. Other programming specific to the exhibition includes a Family Day, adult and teen workshops, and lunchtime gallery talks.

The presentation of this Oriel Mostyn Gallery touring exhibition at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, is generously funded by the George O. Southwick 1957 Memorial Fund and the Hansen Family Fund.


A full-color, 48-page publication, with contributions from Gerard Houghton, Atta Kwami, and Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie, accompanies this exhibition. The catalogue has been shortlisted for the 2004 Art Newspaper & AXA Art Exhibition Catalogue Award and is available through the Hood Museum of Art Shop.

About the Hood

The Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College is an accredited member of the American Association of Museums (AAM) and is cited by AAM as a national model. The Hood is located in the heart of downtown Hanover, N.H., in an award-winning building designed by Charles Moore. The museum's outstanding and diverse collections include American portraits, paintings, watercolors, drawings, silver, and decorative arts, European Old Master prints and drawings, paintings, and sculpture, and ancient, Asian, African, Oceanic, and Native American collections from almost every period in history to the present. The Hood regularly displays its collections and organizes major traveling exhibitions while featuring major exhibitions from around the country. The museum provides a rich diversity of year-round public programs.

Admission is free of charge. Operating hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 12 noon to 5 p.m. The Hood Museum of Art Gift Shop offers items inspired by the collections and exhibitions. The Hood is wheelchair accessible and offers assistive listening devices. For further accessibility requests, please contact the museum.

Last Updated: 10/30/07