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at home: Artists in Conversation
Njideka Akunyili Crosby, artist (Yale MFA 2011), in conversation with Courtney J. Martin, director of the Yale Center for British Art (Yale PhD 2009)

This program is presented through the generosity of the Terry F. Green 1969 Fund for British Art and Culture.

Jun 16, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Njideka Akunyili Crosby (Yale MFA 2011)
Akunyili Crosby was born in Nigeria in 1983 and lives and works in Los Angeles. She received a BA from Swarthmore College in 2004 and an MFA from Yale’s School of Art in 2011. Drawing on art historical, political, and personal references, Akunyili Crosby creates densely layered figurative compositions that illustrate the complexity of contemporary experience. While the artist’s formative years in Nigeria are a constant source of inspiration, Akunyili Crosby’s grounding in Western art history adds further layers of reference. Religious art, Edouard Vuillard’s domestic interior patterns, the academic tradition of portraiture, and still-life painting are influences that inform her work. Akunyili Crosby’s cultural identity is a combination of her strong attachments to Nigeria, her birth home, and to her adopted home in the US—a hybrid identity that is reflected in her artwork. Awarded the US Artists Fellowship in 2021, Akunyili Crosby's work is in museum collections throughout the world.