Artist Conversation: Victor Ekpuk and Chika Okeke-Agulu


Artist Conversation: Victor Ekpuk and Chika Okeke-Agulu

Thursday, August 17, 2023 @ 5:30 pm


Aaron Burr 219

Join us for a conversation with the artist Victor Ekpuk and Professor Chika Okeke-Agulu on the occasion of the exhibition Victor Ekpuk: Language and Lineage at Art@Bainbridge.  

In paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, the artist Victor Ekpuk unfolds his vibrant visual repertoire inspired by Nsibidi, an ancient system of communication from southern Nigeria and northwest Cameroon. Ekpuk’s artworks celebrate our multicultural societies’ syncretism and comment on sociopolitical issues. Okeke-Agulu is the Robert Schirmer Professor of Art and Archaeology and African American Studies, director of the Program in African Studies, and director of the African World Initiative at Princeton University.  

Join us in-person at 219 Aaron Burr Hall or register for the livestreamed event here. Reception to follow.

This event will include live closed captions in both English and Spanish. English captions are available directly in the Zoom toolbar by clicking the “CC” icon. To access Spanish-language captioning, open Streamtext, where you can select “Spanish” to see the live captioning.

Para acceder a los subtítulos en varios idiomas, ingrese al seminario web de Zoom durante un evento en vivo, luego abra un navegador web separado para visitar esta página donde puede seleccionar “español” o el idioma de su elección.

Art@Bainbridge is made possible through the generous support of the Virginia and Bagley Wright, Class of 1946, Program Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art; the Kathleen C. Sherrerd Program Fund for American Art; Joshua R. Slocum, Class of 1998, and Sara Slocum; Rachelle Belfer Malkin, Class of 1986, and Anthony E. Malkin; Barbara and Gerald Essig; Gene Locks, Class of 1959, and Sueyun Locks; and Ivy Beth Lewis.  

Additional support for this exhibition is provided by the Africa World Initiative; the Program in African Studies; the Graduate School—Access, Diversity and Inclusion; the Department of African American Studies; the Princeton African Humanities Colloquium; the Department of Music; and the Program in Linguistics. 

LATE THURSDAYS! This event is part of the Museum’s Late Thursdays programming, made possible in part by Heather and Paul G. Haaga Jr., Class of 1970. Additional support for this program has been provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Victor Ekpuk, Mask Series 2, 2018. Collection of Jeanne Adu-Brako. Courtesy of Morton Fine Art, Washington, DC. © Victor Ekpuk