With a orange and abstract background, two people are looking at the camera. One is graphic designed with neon colors and the other is a real person with long hair.
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SOLD OUT Friends Lecture: Bisa Butler

With generous support from the Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Fund, the Friends of the Institute present “Bisa Butler: Women Who Lead.”

Award-winning artist Bisa Butler explores narratives of Black life in her vibrant quilted portraits. Butler takes a painterly approach to her textiles, layering African cotton prints, wool, and other fabrics to create compositions with psychological depth.

In her lecture, Butler will explore her motivation for creating portraits of women who were and are the pillars of their communities: leading families and businesses as well as social, educational and political engagement. She will discuss her 2019 work I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which is in Mia’s collection, along with other works such as her portraits of Me Too movement founder Tarana Burke, writer Octavia Butler and Kenyan activist Wangari Maathai.

Photo by Bolu Gbadebo