I’m trying to use my work, and my life story, to explore this idea of a liminal space, or a third space, where multiple things come together to yield a new thing. Njideka Akunyili Crosby in Deborah Vankin, “Njideka Akunyili Crosby: The Painter in Her MacArthur Moment,” November 2, 2017, Los Angeles Times
Artist and 2017 MacArthur Genius Fellow Njideka Akunyili Crosby is in conversation with the Modern’s Associate Curator Alison Hearst for a special presentation in conjunction with the opening of FOCUS: Njideka Akunyili Crosby │ Counterparts. This is an extraordinary opportunity to hear directly from the artist and curator as they discuss the work in this exhibition, which is organized by the Baltimore Museum of Art, as well as Akunyili Crosby’s interesting and burgeoning career.
Born in Enugu, Nigeria, and now living in Los Angeles, Akunyili Crosby explained in a 2016 BOMB magazine interview by Erica Ando, “I like to create disparate spaces that speak to differences in cultural perceptions. Many postcolonial theorists talk about the third space, which is a very active space where cultures come together to give rise to something new. Nigeria is a third space, just by virtue of being a former British colony and being influenced by American popular culture starting in the late ’70s. The Nigeria I experienced in the late ’80s and early ’90s was very different from the Nigeria I knew in high school in the late ’90s, which was also very different from Nigeria today. Every time I go back, there’s a shift. So, it’s almost like I’m trying to put my finger on something that’s constantly changing. I want the vibrations of that living space to come into my work.”
This special presentation, on Saturday, December 1 at 11 am, will be held in the Modern's Auditorium. A limited number of tickets (limit two per person) will be available for purchase ($5) from 10 am until 4 pm the day BEFORE the lecture online here. Free admission tickets (limit two per person) are available at the Modern's information desk beginning at 10 am on the day of the lecture.
Image credit: Njideka Akunyili Crosby, photo by Brigitte Sire