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Wangechi Mutu to speak at MassArt Commencement on May 25, 2018

Wangechi Mutu

What: Wangechi Mutu, world-renowned artist, will deliver the commencement speech at Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) on Friday, May 25, 2018

Who: Wangechi Mutu is known for her exploration of self-image, gender constructs, cultural trauma and environmental destruction through a variety of media, including painting, collage, sculpture, performance and video. Mutu has been the subject of major solo exhibitions at institutions worldwide, including the Deutsche Guggenheim Museum in Berlin, Musée D'art Contemporain de Montréal, and the Brooklyn Museum in New York. Her new commission, “A Promise to Communicate,” will be on display at the ICA Boston through December 2018. Mutu was featured in
the Venice Biennale: All the World’s Futures (2015), and is the recipient of multiple awards, among them the National Artist Award from Anderson Ranch Arts Center (2017), Cultural Leadership Award from the American Foundation of Arts (2016), and Artist of the Year Awards from the Brooklyn Museum (2013) and Deutsche Guggenheim (2010). Mutu currently works in New York and Nairobi, Kenya.

When: Friday, May 25, 2018 at 1:00pm EST

Where: Blue Hill Pavilion, Boston, MA 

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About Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) is one of the top colleges of its kind in the United States. Founded in 1873, MassArt has a legacy of leadership as the only freestanding public college of art and design in the country and the nation's first art school to grant a degree. The College offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in art, design, and art education, all taught by world-class faculty. MassArt is also home to the Bakalar & Paine Galleries, the largest free contemporary art space in New England, professionally curated to enrich the academic curriculum and make contemporary art an accessible experience for all. Among MassArt's most accomplished alumni are designer Brian Collins, art dealer Arne Glimcher, Oscar-winning set designer Nancy Haigh, visual artist and composer Christian Marclay, Project Runway Season 15 winner Erin Robertson, interior and lifestyle designer Kelly Wearstler, and photographer William Wegman. For more information, visit massart.edu. Follow MassArt on social media: TwitterInstagramFacebook, and LinkedIn.

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