Sep 8, 2019
The Whitney Museum of American Art, Susan and John Hess Family Gallery and Theater
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.