El Anatsui's Nukae-1 (2006)

March 12, 2008 – January 18, 2009

National Museum of African Art
950 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC

Near Museum Store, Sublevel 1 Floor Plan

While the artist El Anatsui addresses global ideas about the environment, consumerism, and the social history and memory of the "stuff" of our lives, his use of recycled materials also recognizes that human creativity and ingenuity are employed in creating something from available resources, including items that are discarded. This piece -- El Anatsui's Nukae-1 -- along with his other "cloth" works (see separate exhibition) celebrate the woven and stamped textile traditions that remain vibrant in Ghana and Nigeria today.