As Chika Okeke-Agulu recently noted in his blog Ọfọdunka, Mt. Holyoke College Museum of Art will present a public conversation between El Anatsui and Obiora Udechukwu. Okeke-Agulu is especially excited about hearing these two former colleague and fellow artists, each an important figure in his own right:
One reason I very much look forward to this event–apart from getting together with my favorite teachers and former colleagues in my days as a young teacher at Nsukka!–is that Udechukwu is one artist-scholar that has known Anatsui more than anyone else out there. (I still return to his short but perceptive 1982 essay in a catalog for one of Anatsui’s earliest solo exhibitions). And Udechukwu has, since their years as young artist-teachers at Nsukka, and as Anatsui’s work took to the stratosphere, recorded many of their conversations, as a part of his incredible archives of interviews with artists, novelists, poets, critics that shaped modern/contemporary Nigerian art…But this one, at this stage in their careers, is something special.
The talk is in conjunction with the current exhibition at Mt. Holyoke College’s museum, El Anatsui: New Worlds, and will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 3.