Events: Artist Talk: Bruce Onobrakpeya and dele jegede in Conversation
2:00 pm –3:00 pm
Learn from Bruce Onobrakpeya and dele jegede about Bruce Onobrakpeya: The Mask and the Cross and Onobrakpeya’s sixty-year career. “The Mask and the Cross” describes Onobrakpeya’s creative phase from 1967 through 1978, during which he imbued Catholic motifs and stories from the Bible with African meaning and cultural aesthetics. The conversation will expand to include Nigerian art of the 1960s and 1970s more broadly and the early postcolonial contexts in which these works were created. Exhibition curator Lauren Tate Baeza, Fred and Rita Richman Curator of African Art, will share opening remarks.
Bruce Onobrakpeya (Nigerian, born 1932) is one of Nigeria’s most recognized artists, especially renowned for his contributions to African modernism. He has had a commanding influence on generations, contributing illustrations to poetry volumes and novels of national significance and lecturing secondary and tertiary art students, many of whom have become notable artists. For his achievements, he has received some of the highest national honors in his native country as well as the UNESCO Living Human Treasures Award and recognition at the 44th Venice Biennale.