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African Diaspora Artist and Transnational Visuality
Wole Lagunju
September 01 – October 10, 2014

Wole Lagunju hails from Nigeria and now lives in North Carolina. His works are in the collection of institutions such as the World Bank and the Denver Art Museum as well as the image bank of the Pollack-Krasner Foundation.

Lagunju, a lavish user of paint, uses acrylic liberally to fuse on canvas tradition and modernity, Yoruba icons unite with Euro-American iconic images, and modernity is defined by his Afro-diasporic sensibilities. Time collapses as Lagunju merges images from the Victorian era with Yoruba Gelede to create intriguing paintings, and as pop-culture becomes bedfellows with archetypal imagery in his kaleidoscopic works. Such genre-bending works speak to the notions of identity, gender, power, and difference. They also generate conversations about multiculturalism, globalization and transcultural ethos.


September 22-24, 2015: Artist Residency: Wole Lagunju

September 22, 2015: Artist Lecture
Duke Hall Gallery Court, 5-6p

September 24, 2015: Furious Flower Reception
Duke Hall Gallery Court, 6-7:30p

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