Chika Okeke-Agulu: African Art Lecture & Workshop
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Chika Okeke-Agulu, an artist, curator and art historian, is professor of African and African Diaspora art, Department of Art and Archaeology and Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. During this artist talk, he will share insights in indigenous, modern, and contemporary African and African Diaspora art history and theory.
Chika Okeke-Agulu, an artist, curator and art historian, is professor of African and African Diaspora art, Department of Art and Archaeology and Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. He is Varnedoe Visiting Professor, The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University (spring 2020). He previously taught at Pennsylvania State University, Williams College, and University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
His books include Obiora Udechukwu: Line, Image, Text (Skira Editore, 2016); Postcolonial Modernism: Art and Decolonization in Twentieth-Century Nigeria (Duke, 2015); Contemporary African Art Since 1980 (Damiani, 2010); Ezumeezu: Essays on Nigerian Art and Architecture, a Festschrift in Honour of Demas Nwoko (Goldline & Jacobs, 2009). He is co-editor of Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art and maintains the blog Ọfọdunka.
As an art critic, his writings have appeared in The Guardian (Lagos), Daily Times (Lagos), Artforum International (New York), The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Parkett, Art Journal, Art South Africa (Johannesburg), and Bonhams Magazine (London).
He has (co-)organized several art exhibitions, including El Anatsui: Triumphant Scale (Haus der Kunst, Munich, 2019), Who Knows Tomorrow (Nationalgalerie, Berlin, 2010), 5th Gwangju Biennale (Gwangju, 2004), The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945-1994 (Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, 2001), Seven Stories About Modern Art in Africa (Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 1995), Nigerian section, First Johannesburg Biennale, 1995).
Among his many awards and prizes are: Honorable Mention, The Arnold Rubin Outstanding Publication (triennial) Award (Arts Council of African Studies Association, 2017); The Melville J. Herskovits Prize for the most important scholarly work in African Studies published in English during the preceding year (African Studies Association, 2016); and Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art Criticism (College Art Association, 2016).
Okeke-Agulu serves on the advisory boards of the Hyundai Tate Research Centre, Tate Modern, London, and the Center for the Study of Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. He is the executive board of Princeton in Africa, and editorial board of African Studies Review.
Closed on Monday and Tuesday