previews

  • Njideka Akunyili Crosby, I Refuse to Be Invisible, 2010, ink, charcoal, acrylic, and transfers on paper, 120 × 84".

    “Njideka Akunyili Crosby: I Refuse to be Invisible”

    Norton Museum of Art
    1451 South Olive Avenue
    January 28 - April 24

    Curated by Cheryl Brutvan

    For many, the facts of Nigerian-born, US-based Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s peripatetic life will feel as close to home as the intimate domestic tableaux she depicts in her art. Blending painting, collage, and photo transfers of imagery from family albums, Nigerian lifestyle magazines, and the Internet, Crosby portrays people—often members of her family—sitting on beds and on couches, in living rooms and around dining tables, eating and drinking, touching and interacting. The synthesis of cultures and traditions in these scenes captures a coolly sophisticated diasporic existence that might be described as Afropolitan, to use a term popularized in a 2005 essay by Taiye Selasi that is reprinted in this exhibition’s catalogue. The show, the first institutional survey of Crosby’s work in the US, will include fifteen paintings and works on paper completed over the past five years.