Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Yale MFA 2011, is a leading contemporary artist whose collage-style paintings offer critical perspectives on postcolonial experiences and transnational identities. Born in Nigeria in 1983 and now working in Los Angeles, she has been the subject of a sequence of high-profile and well-received solo exhibitions in both the United States and the United Kingdom. She is among the recipients of the 2021 United States Artists (USA) Fellowship, given annually by the Chicago-based arts nonprofit to recognize artists for their contribution to the field. In 2017 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship “genius grant.”
This is the final show in the series of three exhibitions curated by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hilton Als, who selects the works in collaboration with the artist.
Hilton Als is a staff writer and theater critic for the New Yorker and Associate Professor of Writing at Columbia University. The organizing curator at the Center is David K. Thompson, Coordinator of Cataloguing. A related exhibition will be on view at the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, in spring 2023.