Works by Susanne Wenger on view at the Carlos Museum in Atlanta
Between the Sweet Water and the Swarm of Bees brings together nine screen prints and one waxbatik by Austrian artist, Susanne Wenger (1915—2009), who lived and worked in Nigeria for nearly 60 years. These prints and batik are syncretic compositions of oriki (praise poetry about Yoruba deities such as Obàtálá and Osun) and European mythology. The depictions are extensions of the Osun sacred grove, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which Wenger redesigned in the 1960s. Although Osun was a significant figure in Wenger’s work, Obàtálá, who is charged with forming every human being, ultimately influenced her the most. Six months after Wenger arrived in Osogbo, she fell ill with tuberculosis. She attributed her recovery one year later to the god Obàtálá and not only created work depicting his stories, but also became a priestess in the Obàtálá society.
It’s hard to leave home sometimes—trust us, we know. But 1105 Town Brookhaven in Atlanta, Georgia believes it is important to not only stay active in your community, but to also express curiosity about new subjects. This event is the perfect chance to spread your roots and learn new things!
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 – 10:00 AM
Event Venue Location:
Michael C. Carlos Museum
571 South Kilgo Circle NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30322