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Njideka Akunyili Art Exhibit

July 15 - October 1


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Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center Exhibits

Come view a favorite of the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center Exhibits.

Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center ExhibitsCincinnati Contemporary Arts Center Exhibits – When Njideka Akunyili (b.1983) left Lagos for the U.S. at age 16 she detoured from her initial plan to be a doctor to pursue painting and fulfill the urge to tell another side of Nigeria’s story. “America has a lot of people talking about how Nigeria doesn’t,” she says. “Often people have a singular view about Nigeria and Africa. But problems of misrepresentation happen when people tell your story for you.” 

Admission to the galleries is free thanks to the Johnson Foundation, The 50 and additional support from Macy’s.

To posit a pronounced, but hybridized voice she fuses painting, drawing, collage and the use of transfers – a typically Western printing process that involves transferring ink from photographs using solvent. Akunyili Crosby builds up the transfer images of popular culture to reference traditional African textiles, creating quilt-like pieces that speak to post-colonial identities and traditions being pieced together.

Her first paintings navigated the domestic landscape of life with her new American husband and intimate scenes of their wedding and home. The Predecessors mines deeper into Akunyili Crosby’s past, collecting portraits of her Nigerian family in a range of domestic settings. This exhibition will unite this seminal series for the first time, bringing together individual pieces from London, Johannesburg, New York and Los Angeles to celebrate a formative body in an artist’s rapidly emerging voice.

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Annual memberships start at $45 ($25 Educators, Seniors & Students). There are many discount options like AAA, ArtsPass, Armed Forces Ticket Association and more.

The Contemporary Arts Center is a non-collecting institution. Without a permanent collection, all exhibitions on view are temporary and ever-changing. Although from time to time we might host exhibitions that contain some mature content, the UnMuseum is a consistent, family-friendly space that is always open and suitable for all audiences at all times. There truly is something for everyone at the CAC. We encourage anyone who has questions about the exhibitions currently on view, to call 513-345-8400 for more information.


Contemporary Arts Center
44 E 6th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202 United States


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