Events, Fall 2016

OJEMBA: A Fifty-Year Retrospective Selected Paintings, Drawings, and Prints by Obiora Udechukwu, 1966-2016

  • Lecture by Chika Okeke-Agulu, Thursday, September 15, at 7:00 p.m. in Griffiths 123, with reception to follow in the gallery.

    Chika Okeke-Agulu is associate professor, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University. A specialist in in African and African Diaspora art and visual cultures, Okeke-Agulu is particularly interested in the history of modernism in Africa, and the intersection of art and politics in modern and contemporary art. He is the author of Postcolonial Modernism: Art and Decolonization in Twentieth-Century Nigeria (Duke UP, 2015), and, with Okwui Enwezor, of Contemporary African Art Since 1980 (Damiani, 2009). He is coeditor of Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art; guest editor of an issue of the journal African Arts on African Modernism (2006); and coeditor of Ezumeezu: Essays on Nigerian Art and Architecture, a Festschrift in Honour of Demas Nwoko (Goldline & Jacobs, 2012).

    As an independent curator, Okeke-Agulu has written catalogues for and organized or co-organized several canonical exhibitions, including the first major retrospective of Uche Okeke (Lagos, 1993); the Nigerian pavilion at the First Johannesburg Biennale (1995); Seven Stories about Modern Art in Africa (London, 1995); The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945–1994 (Munich, 2001); Gwangju Biennale (2014), and Who Knows Tomorrow (Berlin, 2010). As an art critic, his writings have appeared in The Guardian (Lagos), Daily Times (Lagos), Artforum International (New York), Art South Africa (Johannesburg), andBonhams Magazine (London), among others. He sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of African American Studies, the Journal of Igbo Studies, and Calalloo-Art. 

    Special thanks to the Office of the Dean of Academic Affairs, the Art & Art History department’s Jeanne Scribner Cashin Endowment Fund, Ugoma Adegoke, BLOOM Art, and Uche Nwokedi SAN for their support of the exhibition and lecture.

Inner Visions: Sacred Plants, Art, and Spirituality

  • Lecture by curator Luis Eduardo Luna and artist Rick Harlow, Wednesday, November 2, at 7:00 p.m. in Griffiths 123

Poetry for Peace
Readings are held on Mondays at 4:30, in the Brush Gallery.

    • September 12
    • October 10
    • November 14
    • December 5

Please come to read a poem you've written, a poem by a favorite poet, or just to listen to poems on a different theme. And bring your friends! You are welcome to read poems in languages other than English, but you should provide an English translation as well. Because we believe the empathetic community created by sharing ANY kind of poetry can lead to peace and social justice, we welcome all poems, not just those that touch directly on those themes.  Poetry for Peace readings are eligible for the First Year Cup. 


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