Public programs include individual artist talks, panels, short film screenings, and exhibition walkthroughs. Programs are organized to coincide with museum-curated exhibitions on view at Art + Practice.
In their respective works, painter Njideka Akunyili Crosby and filmmaker and video artist Akosua Adoma Owusu explore their experiences as African artists living and work in the United States. Akunyili Crosby creates complex, large-scale, mixed media works that incorporate references to her Nigerian heritage through images and textiles, while considering the social and personal effects of living abroad. Owusu uses an experimental, cinematic language to visualize what she has termed “triple consciousness,” an adaptation of sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois’s conception of black American identity after emancipation, extended to the experience of African expatriates. On the occasion of their exhibitions, Njideka Akunyili Crosby: The Beautyful Ones and Two Films by Akosua Adoma Owusu, the artists will reflect on their own and each other’s work, in conversation with Jamillah James, assistant curator at the Hammer Museum, and organizer of their exhibitions at Art + Practice.