The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art is partnering with Art X, the African International Film Festival (AFRIFF), the African Artists’ Foundation and Alára to bring together the U.S., Nigeria and African Diaspora through the worlds of film, art, photography and fashion.
“24 Hours of the Smithsonian in Lagos” will feature “Taste!” a multisensory, participative art experience at Alára on Sunday, November 7, from 12h00-18h00 WAT (7 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST).
“24 Hours of the Smithsonian in Lagos” comes during an ongoing explosion of creativity in Lagos and Nigeria and helps mark the end of Art X and the beginning of AFRIFF.
Curated by former Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow, Temitayo Ogunbiyi, “Taste!” will include experiences by sound artist, Emeka Ogboh; photographer Iké Udé and Ogunbiyi, in collaboration with chef, Renèe Chuks.
Using sound, portraiture and food, the three artists question assumptions concerning culture, geography and identity.
The experience will culminate in a living installation in which many of the celebrities featured in the upcoming exhibition “Iké Udé: Nollywood Portraits” and others become works of art by posing for photographs alongside Udé’s exuberant sets at the opening night of the African International Film Festival.
“24 Hours of the Smithsonian in Lagos” is the launch of the National Museum of African Art’s global presence under newly appointed director, Ngaire Blankenberg.
“Iké Udé: Nollywood Portraits” will open at the National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C., on February 5, 2022.
Udé is a Nigerian-American conceptual artist who has been creating work since the 1990s that complicates notions of identity and perception.
Udé uses photography to draw attention to how individuals portrayed in highly posed “performances” can reveal more truth than contrived poses that aim to be natural.
His work is in the permanent collections of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the National Museum of African Art, Sheldon Museum, RISD Museum, New Britain Museum of American Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts and many private collections.