b. 1983, Enugu, Nigeria

Education

2011

  • MFA, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT

2006

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2004

  • BA (Honors), Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

Selected Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2016

  • Njideka Akunyili Crosby: I Refuse to be Invisible, organized by Cheryl Brutvan, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL
  • Before Now After (Mama, Mummy, Mamma), 95 Horatio Street, The Whitney Museum of American Art Billboard Project, New York, NY

2015

  • Hammer Projects: Njideka Akunyili Crosby, organized by Jamillah James, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
  • The Beautyful Ones, organized by Jamillah James, Art + Practice, Los Angeles, CA

2013

  • I Always Face You, Even When it Seems Otherwise, Two-Person Show with Simone Leigh, Tiwani Contemporary, London
  • Domestic Experiences, Foreign Interiors, Two-Person Show with Doron Langberg, Sensei Exchange, New York, NY
  • I Still Face You, Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis, MN
  • New Works, Two-Person Show with Abigail DeVille, Gallery Zidoun, Luxembourg

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016

  • Prix Canson 2016 Finalist’s Exhibition, The Drawing Center, New York, NY
  • Human Interest: Portraits From The Whitney’s Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
  • KALEIDOSCOPE: A Moment of Grace, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK
  • Hey You! ~ Who Me? organized by Robert Storr, 32 Edgewood Gallery, New Haven, CT

2015

  • UNREALISM, presented by Larry Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch, The Moore Building, Miami, FL
  • Black: Color, Material, Concept, organized by Lauren Haynes, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
  • NO MAN’S LAND: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami, FL
  • Reality of My Surroundings: The Contemporary Collection, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC
  • Forces in Nature, organized by Hilton Als, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
  • Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA, Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco
  • Surround Audience, 2015 New Museum Triennial curated by Lauren Cornell and Ryan Trecartin, New Museum, NY

2014

  • Kings County, Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Summer Shuffle: Contemporary Art @ PAFA Remixed, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
  • Draped Down, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
  • Sound Vision: Contemporary Art from the Collection, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC
  • Meeting in Brooklyn, curated by Monica Lenaers, Landcommandery of Alden-Biesen, Bilzen, Belgium
  • Shakti, Brand New Gallery, Milan

2013

  • Jump Cut, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
  • Housewarming, curated by Elizabeth Ferrer, BRIC, Brooklyn, NY
  • Bronx Calling: The Second Bronx Biennial, Bronx Museum, NY
  • Cinematic Visions, Paintings at the Edge of Reality, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
  • Exhibition of Works by Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards, American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY
  • Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY

2012

  • Primary Sources, The Studio Museum In Harlem, New York, NY
  • Waiting For The Queen, Diker Gallery, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
  • Group Show, Clifford Chance US LLP, New York, NY
  • Lost and Found: Belief and Doubt in Contemporary Pictures, Museum of New Art Detroit, Detroit, MI
  • Configured, curated by Teka Selman, Benrimon Contemporary, New York, NY

2011

  • The Bearden Project, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY (Catalog)
  • Collage Perspectives, Swarthmore College List Gallery, Swarthmore, PA
  • Paperwork, curated by Nina Chanel Abney, Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York, NY
  • Yale MFA Thesis Show, Green Gallery, New Haven, CT
  • CAA New York Area MFA Exhibition, Hunter College Times Square Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Books, Catalogs, and Publications

2016

  • Leers, Dan, “Seydou Keita: un innovateur qui a fait ecole,” Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, 2016
  • Brutvan, Cheryl, “Njideka Akuynyili Crosby: I Refuse to be Invisible,” The Norton Museum of Art (catalog)

2015

  • Mullins, Charlotte, “Picturing People: The New State of the Art,” Thames & Hudson Ltd, London, 2015
  • Robins, Nicholas, Edited by Cornell, Lauren and Trecartin, Ryan, “New Museum Triennial: Surround Audience,” New Museum, Skira Rizzoli, Feb-May 2015 (catalog)

2014

  • Cole, Teju, “Kings County,” Stevenson Gallery (catalog)

2013

  • “Bronx Calling: The Second AIM Biennial,” The Bronx Museum (catalog)
  • Trezzi, Nicola, “Jump Cut,” Marianne Boesky Gallery (catalog)
  • Merjian, Ara H., Vitamin D2, Phaidon, London, UK. 2013

2012

  • “The Bearden Project,” The Studio Museum in Harlem (catalog)

Selected Press

2016

  • Reilly, Miranda, “Review: KALEIDOSCOPE: A Moment of Grace,” OxfordStudent.com, May 19, 2016
  • Steadman, Ryan, “The Complicated Beauty of Njideka Akunyili Crosby,” Observer.com, May 5, 2016
  • Finkel, Jori, “New SFMOMA Aims to Be Not Just Giant, but Global,” NYTimes.com, April 29, 2016
  • N/A, “David Shrigley and Lucy Skaer among finalists for work on paper,” BBC.com, April 27, 2016
  • N/A, “Gustav Metzger, Yoko Ono, David Maljkovic – Among Artists at Modern Art Oxford,” ArtLyst.com, April 19, 2016
  • Zhong, Fan, “Go Figure! An Unfashionable Art Trend Makes a Comeback,” WMagazine.com, April 15, 2016
  • Solway, Diane, “Art: Njideka Akunyili Crosby,” WMagazine, April, 2016
  • N/A, “Njideka Akunyili Crosby,” Extra Extra: Nouveau Magazine Erotique, Issue No.6, 2016
  • Brown, Liz, “Njideka Akunyili Crosby,” Elle Décor Magazine, March 2016
  • Embuscado, Rain, “10 Black Artists to Celebrate in 2016,” News.ArtNet.com, February 13, 2016
  • Sjostrom, Jan, “Nigerian-born Artist Explores Expatriate Identity at Norton Museum,” PalmBeachDailyNews.com, January 30, 2016
  • N/A, “Njideka Akunyili Crosby,” Christie’s International Real Estate Magazine, January-March 2016

2015

  • Miranda, Carolina, “We Asked Some Art Work Luminaries to Pick the Best & Worst of 2015,” HyperAllergic.com, December 28, 2015
  • Valentine, Victoria L., “The Year in Black Art: April 2015,” CultureType.com, December 27, 2015
  • Cembalest, Robin, “Take In Some Culture at New York City’s Lesser-Known Exhibits,” TheWallStreetJournal.com, December 23, 2015
  • Wagley, Catherine, “5 Art Shows You Should See In L.A. This Week,” LAWeekly.com, December 9, 2015
  • Krug, Simone, “Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Hammer Museum,” Art in America, December 2015
  • Farago, Jason, “No Man’s Land review – Miami’s Art Basil week kicks off with all-female show,” TheGuardian.com, December 2, 2015
  • Wallis, Stephen, “On The Rise,” Architectural Digest, December 2015
  • N/A, “Njideka Akunyili Crosby: For Collaging The Immigrant Experience,” Foreign Policy Magazine, Nov|Dec 2015
  • Ibrahim, Akinwunmi, “A Wein Prize for Akunyili,” ThisDayLive.com, November 29, 2015
  • Harris, Gareth, “Collaboration: ‘Unrealism’ could be the next new thing,” FinancialTimes.com, November 27, 2015
  • Jansen, Charlotte, “Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s intimate tableaus echo her transnational world,” Wallpaper.com, November 23, 2015
  • Sutton, Kate, “Njideka Akunyili Crosby,” Frieze.com, November 5, 2015
  • Dedieu, Jean-Philippe, “Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s Intimate Universes,” The New Yorker, November 5, 2015
  • Farago, Jason, “Njideka Akunyili Crosby,” Even Magazine, Issue 2, Fall 2015
  • Rosen, Miss, “Exhibit | Hammer Projects: Njideka Akunyili Crosby,” CraveOnline.com, October 31, 2015
  • Valentine, Victoria L., “Studio Museum Awards 2015 Wein Artist Prize to Njideka Akunyili Crosby,” CultureType.com, October 28, 2015
  • N/A, “Njideka Akunyili Crosby Wins Studio Museum in Harlem’s Wein Prize,” Artforum.com, October 27, 2015
  • Kennedy, Randy, “Wein Prize Is Awarded to a Nigerian-born Artist,” The New York Times, October 26, 2015
  • Belcove, Julie, “Interview: US critic and author Hilton Als,” FinancialTimes.com, October 2, 2015
  • Russeth, Andrew, “Trans-Everything: Njideka Akunyili Crosby Mounts Two Shows in Los Angeles,” ArtNews.com, September 29, 2015
  • Sukop, Sylvia, “Art Speaks and She Listens: An Interview With Curator Lizzetta LeFalle-Collins,” HuffingtonPost.com, September 23, 2015
  • Valentine, Victoria L., “Mark Bradford’s Art + Practice is on a Mission to Change Lives,” CutureType.com, September 20, 2015
  • Frank, Priscilla and Brooks, Katherine, “28 Art Shows You Need To See This Fall,” HuffingtonPost.com, September 1, 2015
  • Sjostrom, Jan, “Norton Museum season highlights Israel, O’Keeffe, Mark and Crosby,” Palm Beach Daily News, August 22, 2015
  • Miranda, Carolina A., “Black women artists in L.A. museums: Good news at Hammer, but representation remains weak,” Los Angeles Times, July 20, 2015
  • Burlison, Dani, “Amid Racially-Charged Violence, Art from African Diaspora Hits Home in ‘Portraits,’” KQED Arts, June 9, 2015
  • Wood, Sura, “Portraying Lives of the African Diaspora,” Bay Area Reporter, May 14,2015
  • Scott, Sue, “2015 Triennial: Surround Audience,” The Brooklyn Rail, May 6,2015
  • McGroarty, Patrick, “Africans Turn to Local Art: Five Artists to Watch,” The Wall Street Journal, March 13, 2015
  • Budick, Ariella, “2015 Triennial: Surround Audience, New Museum, New York – Review,” FinancialTimes.com, March 10, 2015
  • Viveros-Fauné, Christian, “The New Museum’s ‘Surround Audience’ Delivers the Same Old Same Old,” TheVillageVoice.com, March 4, 2015
  • Greenberger, Alex, “’Surround’ Exhibit Confuses, Intrigues,” Washington Square News, March 3, 2015
  • Russeth, Andrew, “The 2015 New Museum Triennial is a Pointed, Bracing Survey of Now,” ArtNews.com, February 25, 2015
  • Cotter, Holland, “Casting a Wary Eye on the Future,” The New York Times, February 27, 2015
  • Bradley, Paige K., “The Great Escape,” ArtForum.com, February 26,2015
  • Johnson, Paddy and Kirsch, Corinna, “Notes on the 2015 Triennial: Surround Audience,” Artfcity.com, February 26, 2015
  • Walsh, Brienne, “The 2015 New Museum Triennial: Not So Charmed,” Christies.com, February 26, 2015
  • Lehrer, Adam, “Six Pieces That Stuck Out at the New Museum’s Triennial,” Forbes.com, February 25, 2015
  • Burns, Charlotte, “New Museum’s Generational Triennial: Wired for the Future,” TheGuardian.com, February 25, 2015
  • Sutton, Benjamin, “The New Museum Triennial Surrounds the Audience with Too Much Art,” Hyperallergic.com, February 24, 2015
  • Goldstein, Andrew M., “A Theoretical Cheat Sheet to the New Museum Triennial,” ArtSpace.com, February 22, 2015
  • Mongezeleli Joja, Athi, “Infinite Possibilities: Interview with Njideka Akunyili,” Contemporary And, January 5, 2015

2014

  • Burns, Charlotte and Shaw, Anny, “Seek and Ye Shall Find,” The Art Newspaper, Art Basel Miami Beach Daily Edition, December 6, 2014
  • Fawcett, Kirstin, “Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s Intimate Work Straddles Mediums and Oceans,” Smithsonianmag.com, December 1, 2014
  • Duray, Dan, “Njideka Akunyili Crosby Wins Smithsonian American Art Museum’s 2014 James Dicke Prize,” ArtNews, November 25, 2014
  • McGlone, Peggy, “Painter Njideka Akunyili Crosby Wins $25,000 American Art Museum Prize,” The Washington Post, November 25, 2014
  • Umukoro, Sam, “Njideka Akunyili Crosby – Chimamanda of the Art World?” Vanguard, November 9, 2014
  • Scheffler, Daniel, “Brooklyn Inspires African Artists,” The New York Times, October 14, 2014
  • Cole, Thomas B., ““The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born” Might Not Hold True For Much Longer,” JAMA, Vol. 312, August 2014
  • Smee, Sebastian, “Many Techniques, Much to Ponder, in ‘Rest of Her Remains’,” Boston Globe, March 4, 2014
  • Ong, Amandas, “Showcase: Njideka Akunyili,” Elephant, Issue 17 – Winter 2013-14

2013

  • Vallarreal, Jose, “Jump Cut: Marianne Boesky opens five individual exhibitions,” ArtDaily.org, 2013
  • Wyatt, Daisy, “Things Fall Into Two Parts: Artist Njideka Akunyili Tells a New Nigerian Story,” The Independent, October 17, 2013
  • Abbe, Mary, “Do Believe the Hype,” Star Tribune, June 28, 2013
  • Steinhauer, Jillian, “Getting an International Glimpse at Open Studios,” Hyperallergic.com, April 30, 2013
  • Rose-Shapiro, Annette, “Feast for the Eyes,” ARTnews, February 2013
  • Otas, Belinda, “The Ones to Get to Know in 2013,” New African Woman, Issue 18

2012

  • Davies, Catriona, “Artist Joins Nigeria’s ‘Cultural Explosion,’” CNN – Inside Africa, October 23, 2012
  • Ossei-Mensah, Larry, “Collage Graduate,” Arise Magazine, Issue 17
  • Fialho, Alex, “‘Primary Sources’ at the Studio Museum in Harlem,” Art Fag City, Octobber 17, 2012
  • Cotter, Holland, “Primary Sources,” The New York Times, July 20, 2012
  • Elliott, Bobby, “Primary Sources, The Studio Museum’s Annual Artists in Residence Exhibition,” Huffington Post, June 17, 2012
  • Mokgosi, Meleko and Simmons, Xaviera, “In the Studio With the 2011-12 Artists In Residence,” Studio Magazine, Summer/Fall 2012
  • Sutton, Benjamin and Fine, Bill, “Tilton Gallery Sells Out Art Basel Booth of Njideka Akunyili Collages in Half an Hour,” Artinfo, June 18, 2012
  • Copley, Caroline. “Art Basel Tests Buyers’ Instincts in Time of Crisis,” Reuters, June 13, 2012
  • Jovanovic, Rozalia, “Jonathan Safran Foer Co-Curates Retrospective Exhibition of Fictional Painter,” Gallerist NY, June 13, 2012
  • Darke, Colin. “Found: Compelling New Art Center in Detroit (Introduction to Passenger),” Huffington Post, April 30, 2012

2011

  • Cotter, Holland. “A Griot for a Global Village,” The New York Times, December 8, 2011
  • Elliott, Bobby. “The Bearden Project: A Family Affair,” Huffington Post, December 7, 2011
  • Newhall, Edith. “Painterly Collages,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 27, 2011
  • _ _ _. “MFA Annual 2011,” New American Paintings, April/May, 2011
  • Zevitas, Steven. “Tomorrow’s Art Stars Today: New American Paintings Presents the MFA Annual,” Huffington Post, April 18, 2011

2010

  • McComic, Katherine. “The Study of Art,” Yale Daily News, October 12, 2010

2008

  • Tammaro, Tina. “Turning Students into Artists at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts,” American Artist Drawing, Spring 2008

Residencies and Grants

2015

  • Foreign Policy’s Leading 100 Global Thinkers of 2015
  • Next Generation Prize, New Museum of Contemporary Art
  • The Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. Grant
  • Art Here And Now (AHAN) Acquisition, LACMA

2014

  • The James Dicke Contemporary Artist Prize, Smithsonian Museum

2013

  • The Space Program at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation
  • Rosenthal Family Foundation Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters
  • International Studio and Curatorial Program, sponsored by the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of the New York Community Trust
  • Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant
  • Bronx Museum Artist in the Marketplace program

2011

  • Artist-In-Residence, Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Carol Schlosberg Memorial Prize for Excellence in Painting, Yale University

2009

  • The Coverley-Smith Prize, Woodmere Art Museum

Teaching

2016

  • Visiting Instructor, California Institute of the Arts

2015

  • Visiting Instructor of Painting , Practicum Session, California Institute of the Arts

2012

  • Visiting Instructor of Painting , “Senior Thesis,” Maryland Institute College of Art

2011

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Art, “Life Drawing,” Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
  • Teaching Assistant to Robert Reed, “Introductory Painting,” Yale University School of Art

2010

  • Teaching Assistant to Robert Reed, “Basic Drawing,” Yale University School of Art

Artist Lectures

2016

  • Artist Lecture, Art| Race| Activism, Brandeis University
  • Artist Lecture, Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Seminar Conversation with Cheryl Brutvan, Norton Museum of Art

2015

  • Seminar Conversation with Jamillah James, ArtTable, Art + Practice
  • Artist Lecture, Whitney Museum of American Art Contemporaries, NeueHouse
  • Seminar Conversation moderate by Steven Nelson, “Jacob Lawrence’s Artistic Legacy: Artists Speak”, Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Artist Lecture, Visiting Artists Series, University of California Los Angeles
  • Seminar Conversation with Akosua Adoma Owusu moderated by Jamillah James, Art + Practice
  • Artist Lecture, Graduate Fine Arts Lecture Series, Otis College of Art and Design
  •  Seminar Conversation with Walterio Iraheta moderated by Beatriz Cortez, “Visual Constructions of the Diaspora: Artist Lectures and Discussion”, California State University Northridge
  • Artist Lecture, The Visiting Artists/Critics Program, University of Minnesota
  • Artist Lecture, Practicum Lecture Series, California Institute of the Arts

2014

  • Seminar Conversation, “Something Torn and New: A Conversation with Njideka Akunyili”, Columbia University
  • Artist Lecture, Yale University Art Gallery

2013

  • Artist Lecture, Target First Saturday: “Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey”, Brooklyn Museum
  • Artist Lecture, The Association of Yale Alumni: “Get Your Art On! 2013”, Art Basel Miami
  • Artist Lecture, Visual Studies Speaker Series, University at Buffalo
  • Guest Artist Lecture, Career Day: Drawing/Painting/Printmaking, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
  • Artist Lecture, 1040 Lounge, The Bronx Museum of the Arts
  • Artist Lecture, “Njideka Akunyili: Something Torn and Broken”, Yale University

2012

  • Artist Lecture, The Artist’s Voice: Artists In Residence 2011-2012, Studio Museum Harlem
  • Guest Artist, The Museum of Contemporary African Art (MoCADA)’s Visiting Artist Conversation Series (VACS), Benjamin Banneker Academy Brooklyn
  • Artist Lecture, Swarthmore College
  • Artist Lecture, Maryland Institute College of Art

Institutional Collections

  • Yale University Art Gallery
  • The Rubell Family Collection
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • The Studio Museum in Harlem
  • The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
  • The Tate Modern
  • The New Church Museum, Cape Town
  • Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • The Museum of Modern Art
  • Whitney Museum of American Art

 

 

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