Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi (2015)

African art’s irresistible appeal has finally reached New York City.

Nigerian-born artist and scholar Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi has curated a group exhibition at Richard Taittinger Gallery in the Lower East Side. The show, aptly titled “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” after the 1967 American comedy-drama film of the same name, is comprised of 12 contemporary African artists evenly split between six men and six women.

Their points of origin, however, are anything but uniform. This curatorial decision is designed to “problematize the burden of Africanness,” which Nzewi describes in the show’s catalog as the “cultural aesthetics which continue to inform the reception of contemporary art by African artists in the Western and international imagination.”

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