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Hood Museum of Art
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755

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El Anatsui: Gawu

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January 6 - March 4, 2007

This inspiring exhibition of metal "tapestries" and other sculptures by El Anatsui, one of Africa's most powerful contemporary artists, celebrates Africa's rich artistic and cultural heritage. El Anatsui uses found objects such as metal liquor caps and other discarded materials to create spectacular metal cloths, including 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 references 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.

Reviews of GAWU have now appeared in the Boston Globe (February 24, 2007), Seven Days (February 14, 2007), and The Dartmouth (January 16, 2007).

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.

See the exhibition at the Hood! QuickTime gallery panoramas

Click here for video of an interview with El Anatsui by Barbara Thompson, Curator of African, Oceanic, and Native American Collections, and catch a glimpse at the construction of his massive sculpture Crumbling Wall. Courtesy Cable Access Television (CATV CH 10). Click here for audio only of the interview.

GAWU press release

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