Chieko Murasugi | Page: Lectures Etc. | Indy Week
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When: Sun., Jan. 21, 2-3 p.m. 2018
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Price: Free

Born in Tokyo, educated in Canada, and based in San Francisco for two decades before she moved here to pursue an MFA in studio art at UNC-Chapel Hill, Chieko Murasugi (recipient of an emerging artist grant from the Durham Arts Council) brings a global perspective to the vivid, almost figurative abstract paintings currently on view in her exhibit The Fierce Urgency of Now at the café in Duke's West Union Building. The title comes from Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech; Murasugi painted these works in response to a social media image that purported to show the KKK marching in Mebane, North Carolina. That turned out to be fake news, but the resurgence of white-supremacist hate groups is anything but. Murasugi attacks the issue with fierce but controlled brush strokes, scrawled over repeatedly with a Japanese hiragana character bearing one simple, urgent message: "No." She discusses the work in this artist talk; the exhibit closes on the fifth of February. —Brian Howe


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