Artist talk: Yinka Shonibare MBE

By Allentown Art Museum (other events)

Saturday, March 10 2018 3:00 PM 4:00 PM

The Allentown Art Museum is one of two destinations in the United States where internationally acclaimed artist Yinka Shonibare MBE will speak in March. Shonibare will be here in Allentown on Saturday, March 10, to discuss his work upon the unveiling of his new sculpture Girl Balancing Knowledge III that was commissioned by the Museum.

The sculpture will be on temporary view in Trexler Gallery on Saturday, March 10, and Sunday, March 11. The Museum will stay open until 7 p.m. on Saturday following Shonibare’s presentation, which begins at 3 p.m. Shonibare’s presentation is free with Museum admission, but seating is limited and available on a first-come basis only, one reservation per person. To reserve your seat, click the REGISTER button below left. For those unable to attend the talk on Saturday, the presentation will be recorded and screened on Sunday in the Museum's auditorium.

In a series of sculptures entitled Balancing Knowledge, Shonibare addresses questions of identity in a complex, globalized society. This seminal acquisition is key for the Museum’s goal to engage the public with art that highlights varied cultural narratives and sparks discussion about contemporary issues like race and identity, issues that are compelling and thought-provoking.

Shonibare is an internationally renowned artist whose work has been shown at the Venice Biennale and is in the collections of institutions such as the Tate Britain, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institution and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2008, a major survey of his work travelled to MCA Sydney, the Brooklyn Museum and the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institution.


One ticket per person registering.

Left: Yinka Shonibare MBE (British, born 1962), Girl Balancing Knowledge III, 2017, fiberglass mannequin, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, books, globe, leather, steel baseplate. Allentown Art Museum, purchase: Priscilla Payne Hurd Endowment Fund, 2018

Above: Photo of Yinka Shonibare MBE by James Mollinson