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Wangechi Mutu’s "Water Woman" (source)

relative of the manatee

Wangechi Mutu is a Kenyan born internationally renowned artist who has studied in both New York and Nairobi. She will speak about her work and developments in her art and how the events in her life have influenced and shaped her practice.

The Des Moines Art Center accessioned Mutu’s stunning black bronze “Water Woman” in 2017, a sculpture of a Nguva, a water-woman of East African folklore that blends human characteristics with those of the endangered Dugong, a relative of the manatee. The Art Center also featured two of Mutu’s films “Cutting,” 2004, as part of the exhibition Wanderlust: Actions, Traces, Journeys 1967 – 2017 and “The End of eating Everything,” 2013 as part of the Single-channel series Journey into Peripheral Worlds.

Registration is Free



5 PM Bob Cooper & Douglas Morgan Ankeny Art Center
5 PM State Change, works by Emily Jalinsky CSPS
5:30 PM Bread and Puppet Theater Grinnell
7 PM Artist Lecture: Wangechi Mutu Des Moines Art Center


5 PM The Art of Momentum Mainframe Studios
5 PM Meet the Artist in Washington LET’s Center for the Healing & Creative Arts
5 PM Spooky House PS1
6 PM Katelynn Tracy DSM Brew
6 PM Rain on Vacation / New Work by Whitney Nastanovich The Lift


10 AM 2018 Ames Area Studio Tour


Noon 2018 Ames Area Studio Tour
4 PM dumb mud // Rebecca Beachy Rush Hall at Wilkins


**new and last chance**

Waubonsie Iowa State Park Artist-in-Residence Apply Now

**Ballet Des Moines Artist In Residence Deadline Oct 19**

Finding Inspiration-CFE Deadline November 11th

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