This past Sunday, Diaspora Dialogue: The Art of Kwabena Ampofo-Anti, Alexander "Skunder" Boghossian, and Victor Ekpuk opened at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), in the Washington DC area. For me, it was an eye-opener because it was the first time I was seeing so many works--21 in total--by Skunder Boghossian, easily one of the most influential modern African artists of the 20th century; from his Union (1966) through some key works from the 1970s, to his late work, including the very important The Cross Roads (1992-97). The exhibition is, in a way, like mini-retrospectives of the three artists--which is great because it makes the large format, delightfully illustrated catalogue (no comment on my introductory text!) is an important resource for anyone interested in including any of the artists in their course offerings.
|Art Historian Janine Sytma (left)|
|Writer/blogger Ikhide Ikheloa, Nzewi and art historian Peju Layiwola|
|Victor Ekpuk in black (center)|
|Skunder Boghossian, DMZ, 1973|
|Ampofo-Anti, Omo Mondawmin II (2004) (left); Odurugya (2008) (right)|
|Audience at the opening artists' panel discussion.|
|Victor Ekpuk, Head I (2006)|