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A Kenyan-born, Yale educated woman has  made history after four of her majestic sculptures were unveiled last week on the prestigious facade of The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) in New York City, USA.

Wangechi Mutu’s work of art is making heads – many heads – turn in the city popularly known as The Big Apple.

This is the first time ever in the Museum’s 117-year history that an installation has been made at the entrance of the historical building.

Ms Mutu’s commissioned project, The NewOnes, will free Us, features four bronze sculptures, titled The Seated I, II, III, and IV (2019). They will be exhibited until January 12, 2020.

In their website, The Met said of Ms Mutu’s work: “As with all of her work, these pieces engage in a critique of gender and racial politics that is as pointed as it is poetic and fantastic.

“With The NewOnes, will free Us, the artist has reimagined a motif common to the history of both Western and African art: the caryatid, a sculpted figure, almost always female, meant to serve as a means of either structural or metaphorical support.”

Ms Mutu, a dual citizen (Kenya and US) who is is married to Italian Mario Lazzaroni, is known primarily for her painting, sculpture, film and performance work, in a career spanning over 20 years.

Last week, she said in a statement:

“The poised, stately figures I have created for the MET facade derive inspiration from my interest in ancient and modern practices that reflect on the relationship between women and power across various traditions….They look as if they are charged with a role and responsibility. They have come to look and bear witness, and to reflect back to us what we are.”

This important installation is part of a new series of contemporary commissions at The Met in which the Museum invites artists to create new works of art inspired by the collection, establishing a dialogue between the artist’s work, the collection, the space, and audiences.

Ms. Mutu, who has lived and worked from her Brooklyn residence since 2006,  told New York Times (NYT):  “I’m not back, I’m back and forth.”

According to NYT, their daughters, ten and eight, go to school in Nairobi, Kenya.

Designed by Richard Morris Hunt and completed in 1902, the facade features four niches that were always intended to house free-standing sculptures, but have long lain empty. In filling them now with Mutu’s extraordinary sculptures, the Museum brings to fruition a dream 117 years in the making.

Mutu stages a feminist intervention, liberating the caryatid from her traditional duties and her secondary status. Mutu does so, moreover, in the context of a Neoclassical facade, whose original architects sought to convey a far more conservative set of values.

Simultaneously celestial and humanoid, each sculpture is unique, with individualized hands, facial features, ornamentation, and patination. Mutu’s embellishments take a great deal of inspiration from customs practiced by specific groups of high-ranking African women. The horizontal and vertical coils that sheathe the figures’ bodies, functioning as garment and armor all in one, reference beaded bodices and circular necklaces, while the polished discs set into different parts of the sculptures’ heads allude to lip plates. Belonging to no one time or place, Mutu’s hybrid figures are invariably stately, resilient, and self-possessed. They announce their authority and autonomy. Appearing to have recently arrived on the facade of The Met, they are the “new ones” who bring word of new ideas and new perspectives.

The NewOnes, will free Us constitutes one of Mutu’s most important and remarkable bodies of work to date, the culmination of two decades of sustained artistic experimentation and rigorous research into the relationship between power, culture, and representation.

 

 

 


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Deep-Dive Analysis: Studying Master’s At Alabama A&M University

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BY BOB MWITI

Have you ever wondered what it takes to study your master’s in America?. Well, in this episode of Success With Bob Mwiti Show, I take a deep-dive analysis of taking your master’s at Alabama A&M University. If you like my work, please subscribe to my YouTube channel

A Little Bit About Me!

I am a former international student in USA and I am a senior IT consultant in the areas of Oracle EBS Financials and Robotics Process Automation (RPA) here in USA. I am the programs director of Appstec America – A consulting company based in Tampa, Florida, USA.

I’ve been blessed to have learned a lot in my career as an IT consultant. My life has truly changed, and I’ve made it my mission to give back and serve others beyond myself. Whether that be helping you to relocate to USA as an international student, train you as an IT consultant, help you start and build your own online business, creating your financial freedom, motivating you to pursue your goals and dreams, to being more productive, to inspiring you to constantly improve yourself.

My mission is to get you to wake up to the unlimited potential within you and achieve what you’re truly capable of through my various self-development training programs.On the internet, I openly and passionately share my life experiences and all of the very best concepts, strategies, tools, and resources that I continue to discover that have made a measurable difference to my life, and will do for you as well.

Keep your dream alive and never give up! To learn about my company’s amazing programs, please go to;

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BY BOB MWITI

In this 4th Industrial revolution, data is the new oil. Data Scientist has been dubbed “the sexiest Job of the 21st century”.

If you are smart and you would love to get into tech consulting as a data scientist, get in touch with us after watching this introduction lesson on data science.

You can download our data science program handbook from our website at www.appstecamerica.com

A Little Bit About Me!

I am a former international student in USA and I am a senior IT consultant in the areas of Oracle EBS Financials and Robotics Process Automation (RPA) here in USA. I am the programs director of Appstec America – A consulting company based in Tampa, Florida, USA.

I’ve been blessed to have learned a lot in my career as an IT consultant. My life has truly changed, and I’ve made it my mission to give back and serve others beyond myself. Whether that be helping you to relocate to USA as an international student, train you as an IT consultant, help you start and build your own online business, creating your financial freedom, motivating you to pursue your goals and dreams, to being more productive, to inspiring you to constantly improve yourself.

My mission is to get you to wake up to the unlimited potential within you and achieve what you’re truly capable of through my various self-development training programs.On the internet, I openly and passionately share my life experiences and all of the very best concepts, strategies, tools, and resources that I continue to discover that have made a measurable difference to my life, and will do for you as well.

Keep your dream alive and never give up! To learn about my company’s amazing programs, please go to;

www.appstecamerica.com or www.successwithbobmwiti.com

Contact me at;
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TRAGEDY: Kenyan woman -Susan Wangui Njenga – passes away in the US

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It is with deep sorrow and the acceptance of God’s will that we announce the sudden demise of Susan Wangui Njenga of Maryland, USA.

Daughter of the late Charles Njenga Ng’ang’a and the late Peris Wanjiku Njenga. Mother to Samantha Masawi and Tinashe Masawi of Maryland, USA. Devoted sister to Mercy Njenga, Arthur Njenga, Margaret Mbugua, Jane Njenga, Rachel Njenga, Stephen Kariuki, Alice Waweru, Mary Njenga and Nancy Njenga.

Caring sister-in-law to the late Joe ‘Rogers’ Mbugua, Zacks Waweru, Jacinta Kariuki, Steve Mbugua and Jacinta Njihia, among others. Loving aunt to Byron & Irene Kibunia, Quincy & Kui Njenga, Toya Njenga, Charles & Naomi Njenga, James & Muthoni Makumi, Konrad & Sarai Paruch, Njenga Kariuki, Jade-Candice Waweru, Andrew & Wanjiku Ndungu, Abraham Waweru, Joshua Waweru and Gitau Kariuki, among others.

She was the sweetest great aunt to Naya Njenga. Shari, Sheliya & Avery-Joe Njenga, Joelle, Kinuthia & Mbugua Makumi, Laila Kibunja and Ruby Njenga.

Friends and relatives are meeting daily virtually in Kenya and USA. The funeral service will be held on Monday 23rd November, 2020 In Maryland, USA.

We thank you for your prayers of comfort and we welcome your kind contributions through Mpesa pay bill number: 7007671 and account number: Susan Njenga transition fund.

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31;6

May the Almighty God take up Mum’s soul to Heaven.


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