|El Anatsui, RA (Hon)|
|Amanda Gilvin (moderator), El and Obiora|
|John Stomberg welcomes El and Jack Shainman (El's gallerist), left|
|John with this hilarious make-believe book--Encyclopedia of Everything--during his theatrical introductory remarks|
|Section of the audience|
|2nd left, Sheri Fafunwa-Ndibe (Professor of Art, Central Connecticut State Univ) and center, Okey Ndibe, novelist and author of Foreign Gods, Inc.|
And talking about this picture above. It brought back memories of Nsukka--yes Nsukka is now a place of memory. Roland Abiodun (John C. Newton Professor of History of Art and Black Studies, Amherst College) was for a long time external examiner for the Nsukka Art department's honors thesis and degree exhibition; Obiora Udechukwu (Charles A. Dana Professor of Art and Art History, St. Lawrence Univ.) and El Anatsui, for many years respectively led the painting and sculpture program at Nsukka; while Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi (Curator of African Art, at Dartmouth College's Hood Museum) and Olabode Omojola (Five College Associate Professor of Musicology, Mt. Holyoke College) were respectively alumni of the Nsukka Fine Arts and Music programs.