Los Angeles—Opening February 11 at the Fowler Museum at UCLA, Meleko Mokgosi: Bread, Butter, and Power is a newly commissioned installation consisting of twenty large scale paintings hung frieze style around the perimeter of the Lucas Gallery. Masterfully rendered scenes of daily life in southern Africa address themes of feminism, the gendered division of labor, and the place of women in the nation-state. Bread, Butter, and Power comprises the most recent chapter in Mokgosi’s series Democratic Intuition (2013–present), which explores the ways that democratic concepts in uence our lives, loves, and relationships.
Bread, Butter, and Power is Mokgosi’s first solo museum exhibition in Los Angeles and a homecoming for the Botswana-born, New York-based artist, who earned his MFA from the Interdisciplinary Studio program at UCLA in 2011. Solo exhibitions of Mokgosi’s work have recently been shown at the Williams College Museum of Art (2017);the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester and Rochester Contemporary Art Center (2017); and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2015).