7. Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui
Location: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, New York 11238-6052
Take the breath out of your significant other by taking him or her to see "Gravity and Grace," an exhibition by El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum. At first glance, Ghanaian artist El Anatsui's work may look like simple tapestries or mosaics, decked out in precious gems and metals. However, the sculptures draping from wall to wall, are actually made from crushed and linked bottle caps, lids of evaporated milk, and wood strips. These large, dazzling pieces serve as a commentary on post-colonial poverty in Africa.