This selection of six works by Njideka Akunyili Crosby (b. 1983), Yale MFA 2011, is the third and final show in a series curated by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Hilton Als and marks the first solo exhibition of a Yale School of Art graduate at the YCBA. The exhibition focuses on works from The Beautyful Ones, the artist’s ongoing series of intimate portraits of Nigerian children, including members of her own family. Using acrylic paint, textiles, and photo transfers, Akunyili Crosby creates layered images rich with references to Nigerian and American culture and politics.
The tour will also include Interior Dialogues, an adjacent collections display of twentieth-century works that is inspired by Akunyili Crosby’s collaged portraits and interiors, and explores themes related to the body, domestic space, and the collage technique.
Tours meet in the Entrance Court.