Thursday 09/22/22 6:30PM
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Book Launch “El Anatsui: The Reinvention of Sculpture”

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Clockwise (top left to bottom left): Portrait: Massimiliano Gioni, Photo: Christina Rivera; Portrait and courtesy: Chika Okeke-Agulu; Portrait and courtesy: Jason Farago; Portrait: Julian Lucas, Courtesy: Christopher Alessandrini.

The New Museum invites you to a book launch for El Anatsui: The Reinvention of Sculpture by Chika Okeke-Agulu and Okwui Enwezor (Damiani, 2022). Join Massimiliano Gioni, Edlis Neeson Artistic Director for a panel discussion featuring Okeke-Agulu, Jason Farago of The New York Times, and Julian Lucas of The New Yorker, who will discuss the artistic practice and life of world-renowned, Ghanaian-born sculptor El Anatsui.

A recording of this conversation may be viewed on our YouTube channel, and below:


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This program will be presented onsite at the New Museum. All attendees are required to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. Speakers may be un-masked and will be socially distanced from the audience. Review the New Museum’s COVID guidelines in advance of your visit.


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Chika Okeke-Agulu is an artist, critic, and art historian who lives and works in Princeton, NJ. He is professor of African and African Diaspora Art and Director of the Program in African Studies at Princeton University. Okeke-Agulu is co-author of El Anatsui: The Reinvention of Sculpture (Damiani, 2022). He is a fellow of the British Academy and was recently appointed Slade Professor of Fine Art at University of Oxford (2023).

Jason Farago is critic at large for The New York Times. He previously wrote for the Guardian, and has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Artforum, New Republic, Vogue, and many other publications. From 2015 to 2018 he served as editor-in-chief of Even, an art magazine he co-founded, whose ten-issue run is collected in the anthology Out of Practice. In 2022 Farago was awarded one of the inaugural Silvers-Dudley Prizes for criticism and journalism.

Julian Lucas is a critic and essayist based in Brooklyn. He is a staff writer at The New Yorker and an editor-at-large at Cabinet. His work focuses on the representation of history in literature, games, and the visual arts, with recent articles on Isaac Julien, El Anatsui, and the contemporary movement for art restitution. His writing has appeared in The New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Magazine, Art in America, and the New York Times Book Review, where he was a contributing writer. He was a finalist for the 2020–2021 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing.


El Anatsui - The Reinvention of Sculpture

“El Anatsui: The Reinvention of Sculpture”
Regular Price: 70
Member Price: 63


This program is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

We gratefully acknowledge the Bowery Council of the New Museum for its support of Education and Public Engagement Programs.

Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund; and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

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