Wangechi Mutu will be one of twelve "Renaissance women" honored in Performa’s 10th Anniversary Gala on November 4, 2014.
The gala will be held at the Weylin B. Seymour’s Williamsburgh Savings Bank in Brooklyn, and will feature Fecunditas, an immersive food performance by artist Jennifer Rubell. In the Wall Street Journal article on the award (see link), Mutu states, “A Renaissance woman of the 21st century has awoken and is self-aware and conscious of her rights and her ability to maneuver and operate at the highest level available to her. A woman this enlightened knows there’s no such thing as ‘You can’t do that,’ and so she’s doing it all. And doing it well. Performa is that cauldron that constantly stirs ‘it’ all up into one big delectable soup.”
In addition to Mutu, Performa’s honorees include Maria Baibakova, Melva Bucksbaum, Toby Devan Lewis, Wendy Fisher, Shelley Fox Aarons, Joan Jonas, Pamela Joyner, Maja Hoffmann, Shirin Neshat, Yvonne Rainer, Cindy Sherman and Laurie Simmons.