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Toyin Ojih Odutola, "The Proposal," pastel, charcoal and pencil on paper, 53.5" x 47.9" x 2.5", 2017. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, New York. © Toyin Ojih Odutola.

Toyin Ojih Odutola

Testing the Name
Feb. 20 - Sept. 9, 2018

SCAD Museum of Art presents "Testing the Name," an exhibition of new drawings by Toyin Ojih Odutola that continues her ongoing exploration of the merger of two fictional aristocratic Nigerian families through the marriage of two men.

Odutola has constructed a complex, episodic body of work, based on acute observations and imaginary flights of fancy, in which she critiques and embraces traditional portraiture genres, and its association with the representation of power within a Western art historical context. Through her virtuosic handling of her materials, she creates detailed, rich, layered surfaces that seduce and compel.

The New York-based Nigerian artist creates drawings utilizing diverse mediums to emphasize the striated terrain of an image and its formulaic representations. Odutola has participated in exhibitions at various institutions, including Brooklyn Museum, New York, New York; Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut; and Menil Collection, Houston, Texas. Recent solo exhibitions were presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco, California. Odutola earned an M.F.A. from California College of the Arts, San Francisco, and a B.A. from the University of Alabama, Huntsville.

"Testing the Name" is curated by Storm Janse van Rensburg, head curator of SCAD exhibitions. 

The exhibition is free for all museum members, and SCAD students, faculty and staff with a valid SCAD Card. Open to the public with the cost of museum admission.

This exhibition is part of SCAD deFINE ART 2018, held Feb. 20–23 at university locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia, and Hong Kong. SCAD deFINE ART is an annual program of exhibitions, lectures, performances and public events that highlights emerging and established artists and visionaries.

Support for SCAD deFINE ART 2018 has been generously provided by Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee as well as the Mexican Consulate General in Atlanta.