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Virtual Lecture: Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Curator Jordan Carter

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Collage-like depiction of a plant with with leaves in many shades and patterns of green. In the background is the face and body of a young person with dark-brown skin.

Njideka Akunyili Crosby. Dwellers: Native One, 2019. Private collection, promised gift to the Art Institute of Chicago. Image courtesy of David Zwirner, New York.

In this virtual program, artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby will speak with Jordan Carter, associate curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Drawing on art historical, political, and personal references, Njideka Akunyili Crosby (Nigerian, born 1983) creates densely layered figurative compositions that, precise in style, nonetheless conjure the complexity of contemporary experience. Her cultural identity combines strong attachments to the country of her birth and to her adopted home in the U.S., a hybrid identity that is reflected in her work. Akunyili Crosby notes, “In much the same way that inhabitants of formerly colonized countries select and invent from cultural features transmitted to them by the dominant or metropolitan colonizers, I extrapolate from my training in Western painting to invent a new visual language that represents my experience—which at times feels paradoxically fractured and whole—as a cosmopolitan Nigerian.”

Presented by the Society for Contemporary Art
Sponsored by Richard Gleiner

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