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Local Import: Opening Reception

Thu, Mar 5, 2020

A celebration of Local Import, an installation now on view on the 6th floor featuring the vibrant durag paintings of 2019 MAD Artist Fellow Anthony Akinbola. At 7:30 pm, the artist will give a short presentation and discuss the themes of the installation.

About Anthony Akinbola

Akinbola is the Museum's eighth MAD Artist Fellow, a fellowship created to promote emerging artists from historically underrepresented communities. A first-generation American of Nigerian origin, Anthony Akinbola’s layered and multifaceted compositions celebrate and reconcile the cultures that compose his identity. At MAD, Akinbola continued his exploration of the use of durags—fiber scarves used in the maintenance of black hair—as both a material for art-making and a commentary on larger issues of identity, respectability, and commodification of African American culture.

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