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Museum of African Art to present “24 Hours of the Smithsonian in Lagos”

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in partnership with Art X, the African International Film Festival (AFRIFF), the African Artists’ Foundation and Alára

Ike Ude

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in partnership with Art X, the African International Film Festival (AFRIFF), the African Artists’ Foundation and Alára is set to bring together the United States of America, Nigeria and Africans in diaspora through a celebration of film, art, photography and fashion.

According to the organisers, the ’24 Hours of the Smithsonian in Lagos’ will feature ‘Taste’, a multisensory, participative art experience at Alára on Sunday, November 7.

The 24 Hours of the Smithsonian in Lagos, comes during an ongoing explosion of creativity in Lagos and Nigeria and helps mark the end of Art X and the beginning of AFRIFF.

Curated by former Smithsonian artist research fellow, Temitayo Ogunbiyi, ‘Taste’ will include experiences by sound artist Emeka Ogboh, photographer, Iké Udé and Ogunbiyi in collaboration with chef Renèe Chuks. Using sound, portraiture and food, the three artists question assumptions concerning culture, geography and identity. The experience will culminate in a living installation in which many of the celebrities featured in the upcoming exhibition ‘Iké Udé: Nollywood Portraits’ and others become works of art by posing for photographs alongside Udé’s exuberant sets at the opening night of the African International Film Festival.

“24 Hours of the Smithsonian in Lagos” is the launch of the National Museum of African Art’s global presence under newly appointed director Ngaire Blankenberg.

Iké Udé is a Nigerian American conceptual artist who has been creating work since the 1990s that complicates notions of identity and perception. He uses photography to draw attention to how individuals portrayed in highly posed ‘performances’ can reveal more truth than contrived poses that aim to be natural. Udé’s work is in the permanent collections of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the National Museum of African Art, Sheldon Museum, RISD Museum, New Britain Museum of American Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts and many private collections.

His forthcoming solo exhibition “Iké Udé: Nollywood Portraits” will open at the National Museum of African Art on February 5, 2022.