Blending photo transfers, drawing, patterned fabrics, and traditional painting techniques, the works of Njideka Akunyili Crosby reflect her layered personal history. Born in Nigeria, the artist now resides in Los Angeles, and has spent roughly half her life in the US since moving to Philadelphia at age 16. In her large-scale, visually dense pantings, African textiles, family photos, images from popular media, and architectural elements provide the framework for evocative scenes of contemporary black life.
In Los Angeles, she recently had solo exhibitions at the Hammer Museum and Art + Practice, and her work can currently be seen at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Skidmore’s Tang Museum, and Prospect New Orleans. As part of USC Roski School of Art’s Fall Talks Series, Akunyili Crosby will be giving a lecture next Tuesday evening, free and open to the public. Guests will have the opportunity to hear about her notions of hybridity, both in terms of identity and artistic practice, her relationship with painting and collage, as well as her recently awarded MacArthur Fellowship.
When: Tuesday, November 28, 6–8pm
Where: USC Roski Graduate Fine Arts Building (3001 S. Flower Street, University Park, Los Angeles)
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