Friends @ Home Art Docent Webinar | Wangechi Mutu: I Am Speaking, Are You Listening?

Please note: Registration for this event is required and is available here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wYVDmDy2QtqXQVwwiFFGIg

Photograph by Randy Dodson, courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Mirror Faced I, 2020, Mirror Faced II, 2020, and Mirror Faced III, 2020, Wangechi Mutu.

You are invited to witness a cultural exchange hundreds of years in the making. “Wangechi Mutu: I Am Speaking, Are You Listening?” is a powerful exhibition currently at the Legion of Honor. This talk will introduce you to Wangechi Mutu and her art, which includes bold sculptures of powerful female characters and fantastical hybrid beings made from bronze, branches, bone, and gemstones. The Kenyan American artist’s work is installed throughout the Legion’s galleries to create a dialogue with the centuries-old objects in the museum’s collections. You will hear how these provocative pairings challenge long-established ideas about race, gender, and colonialism. A new video piece by Mutu is also included in the presentation. Don’t miss this thought-provoking talk by docent Sharon Walton about a profound and deeply moving art experience.

Sharon Walton has been a docent for the Fine Arts Museums since 1994. She received a B.A. with honors in Art from Ripon College (Wisconsin) and an M.F.A. in Theatre from the University of Minnesota. She began her career with the Mixed Blood Theatre Company of Minneapolis, where she was a member of the acting company, and later Associate Producer and director of several productions. Locally, she has directed plays for American Conservatory Theatre’s Plays-In-Progress series, Word for Word, Exit Theatre, and the African American Shakespeare Company, in addition to directing productions for the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and Pillsbury House Theatre in Minneapolis. She has taught acting and theatre workshops at the Climate Theatre in San Francisco and Cal State University Fresno.

Ms. Walton has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council. Currently, she is the Communications and Special Events Manager for the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center.