Open House | Samuel Fosso: Affirmative Acts


Open House | Samuel Fosso: Affirmative Acts

Saturday, November 19, 2022 @ 1:00 pm


Art on Hulfish

Celebrate the opening of Samuel Fosso: Affirmative Acts at Art on Hulfish. Born in 1962 and currently working in the Central African Republic, Samuel Fosso is one of the most renowned contemporary artists based in Africa today. This exhibition will focus on key aspects of Fosso’s work as an artist and a photographer, underscoring his practice as an image-maker, commentator, Africanist, and global citizen. Though Fosso is one of the best-known photographers from the African continent on the international scene, this will be the first museum survey of his work in the United States.  

Learn more about the art on view from Museum Director James Steward, the exhibition’s curator, Princeton Professor Chika Okeke-Agulu, a specialist in African and African Diaspora art history and theory—together with Silma Berrada, Lawrence Chamunorwa, Maia Julis, and Iheanyi Onwuegbucha, students from his fall 2021 course “Post-1945 African Photography.” 

Art on Hulfish is made possible by the leadership support of Annette Merle-Smith and by Princeton University. Generous support is also provided by William S. Fisher, Class of 1979, and Sakurako Fisher; J. Bryan King, Class of 1993; the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; John Diekman, Class of 1965, and Susan Diekman; Christopher E. Olofson, Class of 1992; Barbara and Gerald Essig; Rachelle Belfer Malkin, Class of 1986, and Anthony E. Malkin; the Curtis W. McGraw Foundation; Jim and Valerie McKinney; Tom Tuttle, Class of 1988, and Mila Tuttle; Nancy A. Nasher, Class of 1976, and David J. Haemisegger, Class of 1976; Gene Locks, Class of 1959, and Sueyun Locks; H. Vincent Poor, Graduate School Class of 1977; the Walther Family Foundation; and Palmer Square Management. Additional supporters include the Humanities Council, the Lewis Center for the Arts, the Africa World Initiative, the Program in African Studies, the Department of African American Studies, and the Center for Collaborative History.

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Samuel Fosso, Tati—La femme américaine libérée des années 70 (The Liberated American Woman of the 1970s), 1997. The Walther Collection, New York / Neu-Ulm. © Samuel Fosso. Courtesy the artist; Jean Marc Patras, Paris; and The Walther Collection