EVENT: “Patience on a Monument” by Eto Otitigbe, an African American polymedia artist whose art interprets issues of race and human interaction, will be the first exhibit to open in the Warfield Center’s new gallery at The University of Texas at Austin.
WHEN: 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11. The opening will include a discussion with Otitigbe, followed by a reception.
WHERE: The Beauford H. Jester Center (JES A232), 201 E. 21 St., Austin, Texas.
WHO MAY ATTEND: The event is free and open to the public.
BACKGROUND: Otitigbe uses art as a “creative protest.” Through sculpture, performance and installation, he calls to question issues of race, technology, politics and human interaction. The exhibit is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. and by appointment.
In addition to two art collections housed in the Warfield Center and available to the public online, the new gallery was established to create a physical space to study and interact with art and material culture as it relates to the black experience in the United States, Africa and the diaspora.
The John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, along with the African and African Diaspora Studies Department and the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis, comprise the three branches of Black Studies in the College of Liberal Arts.