Join us for this special public program in conjunction with our exhibition Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design. Artist and designer Mukhtara Yusuf will discuss “Africa and Materiality” through works in Making Africa, highlighting issues of conspicuous consumption and alternative use, and contextualizing these works within the history of African functional objects. This event will take place within the exhibition in our Butler gallery space.
Admission is free on Thursdays. The Blanton is located at the intersection of Congress Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Paid parking is available in the Brazos Garage on Brazos Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Parking is $4; bring your ticket with you to the museum.
About Mukhtara Yusuf:
mukhtara yusuf is a yoruba-nigerian-muslim visual artist/scholar, cultural activist and designer. her work focuses on decolonizing design, sustainability, alternative economies and design in the global south.
her creative art practice explores links between issues of trauma, black mental health, and afrofuturism by exploring larger conceptual motifs of colonial time, indigenous epistemology and material counter memory.
other themes in her work, through scholarly research, curation, and activism include afro-islamic identity marginalization, queerness, and african urban landscapes.
key concerns in her work are black speculative design pedagogy, urban design and environmentalism; african design infrastructures, collaborative design, and issues of social capital and value.