Njideka Akunyili Crosby in Conversation with Siddhartha Mitter

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Nwantinti, 2012. Acrylic, pastel, charcoal, colored pencil, and Xerox transfers on paper, 68 × 96 in. The Studio Museum in Harlem; Museum purchase with funds provided by the Acquisition Committee and gift of the artist  2012.41.1

Sep 8, 2019

The Whitney Museum of American Art, Susan and John Hess Family Gallery and Theater

Adult Programs, Member Events, Artist Talks

Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s ongoing series The Beautyful Ones is comprised of portraits of children, including members of the artist’s family, derived from personal photographs and, more recently, from images taken during her frequent visits to Nigeria, where Akunyili Crosby lived until the age of sixteen.

On the occasion of the publication of a monograph on The Beautyful Ones, this conversation between Akunyili Crosby and writer Siddhartha Mitter, who authored a new essay for the book, reflects on the series’ complex history and weaves together the social, cultural, personal and political strands of its making.

The event is co-organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem.

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