27 Jul 2015 ARC Magazine: Richard Taittinger Gallery presents ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?’
Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York is proud to present ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?’, a summer showcase of works by an exciting crop of contemporary artists from Africa, curated by Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, artist, art historian and specialist in modern and contemporary African and African Diaspora arts. Sasha Dees shares an overview of the show, which celebrates African art and serves as a crucial platform for its visibility in New York. The exhibition runs until August 23, 2015.
“Folks can’t seem to come to terms with the fact that African artists have now taken and secured their seat at the dinner table, invited or not!” – Chika Okeke-Agulu
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? is a survey of contemporary African art curated by Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi. Borrowing its title from Sidney Poitier’s 1967 classic film, the exhibition celebrates the growing impact of African art on the global stage.
The exhibition challenges received or fixed assumptions of ‘Africanness’ as a cultural signifier or aesthetic primer in the work of twelve contemporary African artists: Aida Muluneh, Amalia Ramanankirahina, Amina Menia, Beatrice Wanjiku Njoroge, Chika Modum, Chike Obeagu, Ephrem Solomon Tegegn, Gopal Dagnogo, Halida Boughriet, Onyeka Ibe, Sam Hopkins and Uche Uzorka.