Andrew Carnduff Ritchie Lecture | Hilton Als on Njideka Akunyili Crosby

Hilton Als, associate professor of writing at the Columbia University School of the Arts and staff writer for the New Yorker, discusses the work of Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Yale MFA 2011.

Als is the curator of an exhibition of work by Akunyili Crosby on view at the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) from September 22, 2022 through January 22, 2023. This is the third and final show in a series curated by Als in collaboration with the museum and each artist. Previous exhibitions featured works by Celia Paul (2018) and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (2019).

This program is jointly sponsored by the YCBA and the Yale University Art Gallery.

About Hilton Als

Als is associate professor of writing at the Columbia University School of the Arts and a staff writer for the New Yorker. He has taught at Princeton University; Smith College; the University of California, Berkeley; Wellesley College; Wesleyan University; and Yale University. Prior to writing for the New Yorker, Als was a staff writer for the Village Voice and an editor-at-large at Vibe. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for criticism, the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize, the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His most recent book, White Girls, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the Lambda Literary Award in 2014. Als edited the catalogue for the 1994–95 exhibition Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Andrew Carnduff Ritchie Lecture Series

The Andrew Carnduff Ritchie Lectures were established to honor the memory of Andrew Ritchie, director of the Yale University Art Gallery from 1957 to 1971. These annual lectures, jointly sponsored by the Yale Center for British Art and the Yale University Art Gallery, bring to the university distinguished members of the international visual arts community.

Watch the livestream here on November 1, 2022 at 5:30 pm.

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Hilton Als, photo by Ali Smith

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Njideka Akunyili Crosby, "The Beautyful Ones" Series #1C (detail), 2014, acrylic, colored pencil, and transfers on paper, © Njideka Akunyili Crosby, courtesy the artist, Victoria Miro, and David Zwirner

The Hilton Als Series: Njideka Akunyili Crosby

Thursday, September 22, 2022–Sunday, January 22, 2023