Talks & Readings

Njideka Akunyili Crosby in Conversation with Siddhartha Mitter

SUN, Sept 8, 2019
3 pm

Floor 3, Susan and John Hess Family Gallery and Theater

For her ongoing series The Beautyful Ones, artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby paints portraits of children, including members of her own family, derived from personal photographs. More recently, the series has focused on images taken during her frequent visits to Nigeria, where she lived until the age of sixteen.

On the occasion of the publication of a monograph on The Beautyful Ones, Akunyili Crosby is joined in conversation by writer Siddhartha Mitter, who authored a new essay for the book. They will reflect on the series’ complex history and weave together the social, cultural, personal, and political strands of its making. The discussion is followed by a book signing.

The event is co-organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem. The Beautyful Ones is published by Victoria Miro. 

This event has reached capacity, but will be live streamed on YouTube. A limited number of standby tickets may be available at the admissions desk on a first-come, first-served basis. The standby line will open one hour prior to the program’s start time.

The Susan and John Hess Family Theater is equipped with an induction loop and infrared assistive listening system. Accessible seating is available.

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