The Contemporary Arts Centre present an exhibition of work by Njideka Akunyili on view JUL 14 – OCT 20, 2017.

Njideka Akunyili

Njideka Akunyili

When Njideka Akunyili (b.1983) left Lagos for the U.S. at age 16 she detoured from her initial plan to be a doctor to pursue painting and the urge to tell another side of Nigeria’s story. “America has a lot of people talking about how Nigeria doesn’t,” she says. “Often people have a singular view about Nigeria and Africa. But problems of misrepresentation happen when people tell your story for you.”

Founded in November 1939 as the Modern Art Society, the Contemporary Arts Center was one of the first institutions in the U.S. dedicated to exhibiting the art of our time. In May 2003, the Center moved to its first free-standing home, the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, designed by Zaha Hadid. The CAC focuses on new developments in painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, performance art and new media, presenting eight to 12 exhibitions and 20 to 40 performances annually.

With more than 16,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space, a dedicated black box performance space and the Sara M. and Patrica A. Vance UnMuseum, a 6,600 sq. ft. multi-generational exhibition and education space, the Contemporary Arts Center remains one of the nation’s largest and most dynamic contemporary arts presenter. The Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art is also a highly sought-after facility rental space for creative events, weddings, corporate meetings and more.

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