Wednesday, October 5, 12pm CT (1pm ET / 11am PT) | Via Zoom
Nigerian-born, Los Angeles-based artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby evokes her home country through imagery including plants, photographs from fashion magazines and family albums, and architectural details. Her bold and beautiful exhibition presents four new works that explore her experience as a Black woman and immigrant. Join us for an online conversation between Akunyili Crosby and American artist and curator Temitayo Ogunbiyi, who has been based in Lagos for over a decade, about their explorations of identities and geographies in their work.
This discussion is held in conjunction with Akunyili Crosby’s current Contemporary Project exhibition presenting four recent large-scale paintings on paper, which see plants assuming increased prominence in her work.
Funding for this program is provided by the Carolyn Harris Hynson Centennial Endowment at the Blanton Museum of Art.
ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS
Njideka Akunyili Crosby was born in Enugu, Nigeria in 1983 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She was a participant in La Biennale di Venezia, 58th International Art Exhibition, May You Live In Interesting Times, curated by Ralph Rugoff (11 May – 24 November 2019). Current and upcoming solo exhibitions include Contemporary Project: Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX (2022), and The Hilton Als Series: Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Yale Center for British Art (2022-23). She is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts Degree from University of the Arts (2020), an Honorary Doctorate of Art from Swarthmore College (2019), a MacArthur Fellowship (2017), and a United Sates Artist Fellowship (2021). Akunyili Crosby’s work is held in significant museum collections throughout the world.
Photo Credit: Courtesy the artist, Victoria Miro,and David ZwirnerPhoto: Shaughn and John
Living and working in Lagos, Nigeria for over 11 years, Temitayo Ogunbiyi is visual artist who curates and writes about contemporary art. She seeks to build connections across distinct communities, and between botanical cultures and human histories.In 2017, she began designing her first functional playground sculpture in response to the few public playgrounds that she could find in Lagos for her young children. Ogunbiyi is the recipient of several fellowships and awards, including a 2022 Graham Foundation Grant for a forthcoming exhibition at the Noguchi Museum, a 2020-2021 Digital Earth Fellowship, a 2018 Smithsonian Artist in Research Fellowship and a 2014 Ford Foundation Fellowship.
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