Process and Performance: The Movement of El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum

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Gli (Wall), 2010. Aluminum and copper wire, installation at the Brooklyn Museum, dimensions variable.

Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum features site-specific sculptures that dazzle in their intricacy and scale. Using found materials in metal and wood, these works capture the tension between the fleet-footed movement of the international artist and nomad against the weight of memory embedded in material.


Detail of Gli (Wall).


The amount of effort and craft put into each piece was overwhelming. The laborious process involved clearly speaks to the dancer in me that worships the idea of hard work and practice.


Dance photographer Steven Schreiber dances to the tune of Drainpipe, 2010. Tin and copper wire, installation at the Brooklyn Museum, dimensions variable.

Another surprise could be found in the sequin-like appearance of the can lids in Drainpipe. Elevating the common object to such a glitzy beauty was pure vaudeville magic, showing the gloved hand of an experienced visual performer.


Detail of Drainpipe.

There is still time to be inspired by these works, on view through August 4th. For an idyllic spring double feature, pair this exhibition with the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden next door.

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  • rebecca

    Agh, gorgeous! I gotta get over there and see this in-person. Thanks for covering!

    • candice

      Of course! You are going to love it.

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