We are in the midst of installation time over here at the Anderson Gallery. Getting ready for our fall exhibition– Environment and Object, Recent African Art. Organized by the Tang Museum at Skidmore College, the exhibition features work by sixteen contemporary African artists. Currently, we’re in the process of installing three dazzling wall hangings by internationally celebrated artist El Anatsui. He’ll be at VCU giving the 2011 Windmueller lecture on Monday, September 19 at the Grace Street Theatre. The lecture’s format will be a conversation between Anatsui and Babatunde Lawal, professor of Art History at VCU (and one of the nicest and most intelligent men you’ll ever meet).
The show will tackle some tough issues– like the impact of urbanization and ecological devastation– and the work on view is absolutely stunning. There are great teaser images on our website: http://arts.vcu.edu/andersongallery/exhibits/future-exhibitions/
Stop by the opening reception; it’ll be here at the Gallery on Friday, September 9 from 5-8 pm.
And, don’t miss the panel discussion on September 8 at the Grace Street Theater, 934 W Grace. Two featured artists, Viye Diba from Senegal and Bright Ugochukwu Eke, as well as the exhibition co-curators and Dr. Lawal will all be offering up their thoughts and insights into the show and the themes that it addresses. See you there!!