Bibliography and Exhibitions
MONOGRAPHS AND SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
Canton (NY). Richard F. Brush Art Gallery, Saint Lawrence University.
InMidmomenT: lines.spaces.boundaries.: Works by ADA UDECHUKWU.
March 20-June 4, 2000.
Solo exhibition of recent works on paper, including drawings, artist's books, and a selection of poetry.
Lagos (Nigeria). Pendulum Art Gallery.
Spaces & silences: recent watercolours, ink washes and drawings by OBIORA & ADA UDECHUKWU.
August 21-September 4, 2004.
36 pp. exhib. cat., color illus., photo of artists. Intro. by C. Krydz Ikwuemesi. 8vo (21 x 25 cm.), wraps.
GENERAL BOOKS AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
Döring, Tobias, ed.
African Cultures, Visual Arts and the Museum: Sights/Sites of Creativity and Conflict.
Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2002.
ix, 289 pp. A special edition of the journal Matatu: Journal for African Culture and Society (June 2002), focusing on the topic of contemporary African art. Intended to coincide with, and to complement, Documenta XI. The 19 contributors include numerous African scholars. Contributions: Introduction (Tobias Döring); Comrades in arts and arms: stories of wars and watercolours from Eritrea (Christine Matzke); Positioning the 'Other': reception and interpretation of contemporary black South African artists (Sabine Marschall); The art of liberating voices: contemporary South African art exhibited in New York (Kristine Roome); Shona sculpture and Documenta 11: reflections on exclusions (Jonathan Zilberg); Globe-trotting and geo-ethnic entertainments: thoughts on a black artist in a British museum (Mark Stein); Transgressing borders, shaping an art history: Rose Kirumira and Makerere's legacy (Sunanda K. Sanyal); "Intricate fabric": visual elements in the poetry of some Nsukka artists (Dominique Bediako); Artlyrics: prefatory from an artist-poet (Barthosa Nkurumeh); Visual tactics of contemporary Senegal (Allen F. Roberts and Mary Nooter Roberts); Resisting hybridity: colonial and postcolonial youth in 'Ambiguous adventure' by Cheikh Hamidou Kane and 'L'appel des arčnes' by Aminata Sow Fall (Omar Sougou); Future past: integrating orality into francophone West African film (Melissa Thackway); Sights and sites of Dakar art: artists, artisans, tourists (Flora Veit-Wild).
GRABSKI, JOANNA and CAROL MAGEE, eds.
African Art, Interviews, Narratives: Bodies of Knowledge at Work.
Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013.
206 pp., 12 b&w illus., appendix, index. Includes brief mention of dozens of artists interviewed by different authors or with whom various curators worked, but the interviews and other materials are not in this dry and rather disorgaized book. 55 artists are cross-referenced, but researchers will likely find no more than a name dropped in passing. 8vo (9.1 x 6.2 in.), cloth.
LAGOS (Nigeria). Goethe Institut.
Group exhibition of textiles and jewelry. Included: Ada Udechukwu.
NEWARK (NJ). Newark Museum.
The Art of Translation: The Simon Ottenberg Gift of Modern and Contemporary Nigerian Art.
August, 2013-January 26, 2014.
Group exhibition. Included: Jacob Afolabi, Akinola Lasekan, Uche Okeke, Bruce Onobrakpeya, Obiora and Ada Udechukwu, E. Okechukwu Odita, Chinwe Uwatse, Olu Oguibe, Chika Okeke-Agulu and Marcia Kure, Twins Seven-Seven and others. [Review: Holland Cotter, "Nigeria in the Middle of Newark," NYT, August 15, 2013.]
NSUKKA (Nigeria). Continuing Education Centre University of Nigeria.
Uli: Different Hands, Different Times.
Paintings. Drawings. Textiles. Ceramics. Sculpture. Exhib. cat., illus. Includes: Ndidi Dike, Bridget Egbeji, Elizabeth George, Okanumee Mgbadunnwa, Ego Uche-Okeke, Ada Udechukwu, Chinwe Uwatse. Oblong 4to, wraps.
OTTENBERG, SIMON, ed.
Nigerian Artists and Nigerian Contemporary Art.
Washington, DC: Smithsonian National Museum of African Art; in association with University of Washington Press, 2002.
xvii, 308 pp., color and b&w illus. The proceedings of a two-day symposium at the National Museum of African Art held in October 1997 in conjunction with the exhibition The Poetics of Line: Seven Artists of the Nsukka Group. Simon Ottenberg, curator of the exhibition, organized the symposium and invited as speakers all of the seven artists plus art historians, critics, and other artists. The seven Nsukka artists are Uche Okeke, Obiora Udechukwu, El Anatsui, Tayo Adenaike, Chike Aniakor, Ada Udechukwu, and Olu Oguibe.
PORTLAND (ME). University of New England Art Gallery.
Out of Bounds: Women Artists from Africa.
July 20-September 19, 2004.
Group exhibition of 20 artists from Cameroun, Cote d'Ivoire, Sudan, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, Uganda and Zimbabwe, among others. Exhibition sponsored by MBARI Institute for Contemporary African Art. Included: Marthe Nso Abomo, Florence Adeyemi, Rackie Diankha, Angele Etoundi Essamba, Elsa Gebreyesus, Mary Kaundo, Sophia Kifle, Nomsa Kumalo, Monique Le Houeller, Peju Layiwola, Lilian Nabulime, Nike Davies Okundaye (a.k.a Nike Olaniyi Davies), Reinata Sadimba Passema, Yolanda Prinsloo, Sira Sissoko, Ada Udechukwu, Eunice Wadu,
Contemporary African Women Artists: Commentaries on Everyday Life in Art.
Thesis (Ph.D.), Union Institute & University, Montpelier, VT, 2007. The findings of this study were: (1) contemporary African women artists are considered second class artists and their work is still mostly ignored by art historians, curators, and scholars, (2) African women are caught between tradition and modernity, (3) education is a vital tool to improve women's position in African society, and (4) motherhood is still considered the central role of African women's lives. This is first a study about creativity as well as community and politics, and the spaces in which they meet in an increasingly globalized African art world. the African women artists examined are all engaged with their community and cultural subjectivities, and are discursively aligned with transnational themes and modes.
WASHINGTON (DC). National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
New Traditions from Nigeria: Seven Artists of the Nsukka Group.
October 22, 1997-April 26, 1998.
302 pp. exhib. cat., illus., biogs. Text by Simon Ottenberg. 64 paintings, drawings, prints, wood sculptures and mixed-media works. Images are drawn from traditional Igbo life and culture, including tales, myths, spiritual figures, minstrels, dances, masquerades, and rituals and also engage in a dialogue about current social, political, and economic conditions in Nigeria. Artists included: Tayo Adenaike, El Anatsui, Chike Aniakor, Uche Okeke, Olu Oguibe, Ada Udechukwu, and Obiora Udechukwu. [Exhibition title "The Poetics of Line."] 4to (11.2 x 9.3 in.), cloth, d.j. First ed.