Filmmaker and African art expert to give Dickson Memorial Lecture in art history

Susan Vogel, filmmaker, curator, and African art expert, will give a public lecture, “Anatsui’s Journey from Nsukka to the Pinnacle of the Art World,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, in 112 Borland Building on the University Park campus of Penn State. Her lecture will examine the career of El Anatsui, one of the most innovative contemporary African artists.

Vogel has both made a documentary, "Fold Crumple Crush: Art of El Anatsui," and written a book, "El Anatsui: Art and Life" (Prestel, 2012), about the Ghanaian artist, exploring his life and the trajectory of his remarkable career. El Anatsui is best known for shimmering tapestries made from liquor bottle tops, which are part of the permanent collection of many of the world’s renowned museums.

Vogel lives in New York, grew up in Beirut, and has lived for long periods in a village in Ivory Coast, and a medieval city in Mali. She is internationally recognized as a curator and African art expert. Currently, for the Qatar Museums Authority, she is curating an exhibition of tents from the Sahara and Arabian deserts considered as architecture, engineering, and aesthetic objects.

In addition to being a filmmaker with her production company, Prince Street Pictures, and a published author, Vogel held positions as a curator for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, founding director of the Museum for African Art, director of the Yale University Art Gallery, and professor of art history at Columbia University.

 

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Last Updated January 22, 2014