2017 MacArthur Award Genius Njideka Akunyili Crosby in Conversation with Artist Julia Jacquette
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College invites the public to participate in a special conversation between Nigerian artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby and U.S. artist Julia Jacquette at 3 pm Saturday, October 21. The artist talk at the Tang Museum will be one of Akunyili Crosby’s first public appearances since being named a recipient of a 2017 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowship, also known as a “genius” grant.
A reception that follows the talk celebrates the opening of Opener 30: Njideka Akunyili Crosby — Predecessors, which unites many works from the artist's Predecessors series celebrating her family and Nigerian background through portraits of her mother, her sister, and the artist herself, as well as re-imaginings of her grandmother’s kitchen table. The exhibition is the thirtieth iteration of the Tang Teaching Museum’s Opener Series, an influential series of solo exhibitions that survey the work of emerging and mid-career artists in what is for many, their first solo museum exhibition.