Ayi Kwei Armah’s “The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born” (1968), an Inspiration

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Stephanie Newell, George M. Bodman Professor of English, Yale University

Stephanie Newell will discuss the classic Ghanaian novel that inspired Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s ongoing series The Beautyful Ones, represented in the YCBA's current exhibition of her work. Newell will describe the history and context of Ayi Kweh Armah’s novel of Ghanaian independence, and explore some of its themes. In this visceral novel, filled with dirt and bodily fluids, Armah vividly conjures the stench of political corruption. Through sarcasm and comic exaggeration, he confronts Africa’s political class and asks if and when the continent’s ideals will begin to flower. The talk will present scenes from the novel and invite comparisons with Akunyili Crosby’s series.

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The Hilton Als Series: Njideka Akunyili Crosby installation, second-floor galleries, Yale Center for British Art, photo by Richard Caspole, all works © Njideka Akunyili Crosby, courtesy of the artist, Victoria Miro, and David Zwirner

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