CCA,Lagos' Art-iculate presents two lectures by Chika Okeke-Agulu
art-iculate: lectures on contemporary art and visual culture
Sunday 25th July 2010 3pm
Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos has initiated a dynamic platform for discussions on visual art and culture since opening its doors in January 2008. We have invited artists, critics, writers, curators and funders to talk about their work and their ideas and share their skills and knowledge. In 2009, we began the Art-iculate lecture series that aims to increase dialogue, encourage debate and stimulate exchange in visual art and culture in Nigeria. By prioritising the provision of an independent discursive platform through our public programmes, we hope to actively encourage the development of critical perspectives as well as engage with topical issues that affect our society specifically as well as the world at large.
In 2008/2009 Art-iculate invited to much acclaim Didier Schaub (Doual'Art, Cameroon), Solange Farkas (Videobrasil, Sao Paulo) Yacouba Konate (University of Abidjan, Abidjan) Monna Mokoena (MOMO Gallery, Johannesburg) and Shahidul Alam (Drik Agency, Dhaka).
In 2010 Art-iculate is pleased to invite US based Nigerian art historian and curator Chika Okeke-Agulu who will be presenting his lectures on two consecutive Sundays - 25th of July and 1st of August.
Title: “Who Knows Tomorrow at the Nationalgalerie, Berlin”
Discusses on the project concept and the curatorial process of the art exhibition Who Knows Tomorrow, which consists of five independent projects by five African artists — El Anatsui, Zarina Bhimji, Antonio Ole, Yinka Shonibare, and Pascale Marthine Tayou — at four museums of the Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany. The lecture will cover issues around presentation of contemporary African art and artists in mainstream Western museums, as well as the politics of representation and identity in the age of globalisation.
About Chika Okeke-Agulu
Chika Okeke-Agulu is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and Assistant Professor of art history in the Department of Art and Archaeology, and Center for African American Studies, Princeton University. In 2007, he served as the Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor, Williams College. He co-organized Seven Stories About Modern Art in Africa (Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 1995), The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945-1994 (Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, 2001), Life Objects: Rites of Passage in African Art (Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, 2010), and Who Knows Tomorrow (Nationalgalerie, Berlin, 2010)
His writings on African and African Diaspora art and artists have appeared in South Atlantic Quarterly, Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, Glendora Review, African Arts, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Art South Africa, and in edited volumes. He is co-author (with Okwui Enwezor) of Contemporary African Art Since 1980 (Damiani, 2009), co-editor of Who Knows Tomorrow (König, 2010), and editor of Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art.
The lectures are made possible by the Class of ’59 Faculty Fund, Princeton University
On Sunday, 1st August 2010, 3pm , Chika Okeke-Agulu presents his second lecture on “The Art and Politics of Ghada Amer”
Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos
9 McEwen Street, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos.
Tel 0702836 7106 www.ccalagos.org