6pm: Artist Meleko Mokgosi in conversation with curator Erica P. Jones 7–9pm: Preview the exhibition and enjoy cocktails and soundscape by DJ Scholar Lynnée Denise at the opening party in the Davis Courtyard.
Meleko Mokgosi is the acclaimed recipient of the Mohn Award for his work in the 2012 Hammer Museum biennial Made in L.A. His work has also been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Studio Museum in Harlem; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Born in Francistown, Botswana, he now lives in New York and teaches at New York University. With Erica P. Jones, Associate Curator of African Arts, Mokgosi will discuss his artistic practice, artists and writers who inspire him, and his experiences working as an African artist in the US. Opening party to follow, 7–9pm.
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About the Exhibition
Meleko Mokgosi’s large-scale episodic painting cycle Bread, Butter, and Power forms the newest chapter in his ongoing series Democratic Intuition, which seeks to explore ideas about the many ways that democratic concepts influence our lives, loves, and relationships on macro- and micro-levels. This twenty-panel installation interrogates the theme of feminism in the context of southern Africa, and considers the consequences of dividing labor practices by gender.
Mokgosi’s approach to storytelling through the form of history painting allows us to compare what we see in the paintings to the realities of inequality and gendered labor division we know from experience. This approach to the content also inspires us to think expansively about politics, power structures, and the role of history in the creation of the current nations of southern Africa.