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June 27, 2024 at 12:00 pm | Virtual Program, Artist Program

Virtual Artist Talk: Layo Bright and Aindrea Emelife

Thursday, June 27 | 12 noon to 1 pm
$5 Members; $15 General Admission
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Please join us for a virtual conversation on the current exhibition Layo Bright: Dawn and Dusk with artist Layo Bright and curator and art historian Aindrea Emelife, who is currently the Curator, Modern and Contemporary at MOWAA (Museum of West African Art,) and the curator of the Nigeria Pavilion at the 2024 Venice Biennale.

This virtual talk will be accompanied by images of the works on view and a Q&A with the speakers.

Layo Bright: Dawn and Dusk is organized by Amy Smith-Stewart, Chief Curator, and is on view through October 27, 2024.

Speaker Bios

Layo Bright was born in 1991 in Lagos, Nigeria and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received a law degree from Babcock University in 2014 and an MFA from the Parsons School of Design in 2018. Her work has appeared at venues including the Museum of Glass, Tacoma; moniquemeloche, Chicago; Sean Kelly Gallery, New York; Welancora Gallery, New York; Mike Adenuga Centre, Lagos, Nigeria; Parts & Labor, New York; Meyerhoff Gallery at MICA, Baltimore; Mana Contemporary, Chicago; Smack Mellon, New York, among others. She is the recipient of awards including the Ron Desmett Award for Imagination in Glass, UrbanGlass Visiting Artist and Designer Fellowship, the International Sculpture Center’s 2018 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award (2018), and the Beyoncé Formation Finalist Scholarship (2017). She has attended residencies at Urban Glass, New York; Tyler School of Glass, Philadelphia; Art Cake, New York; NXTHVN, New Haven; Triangle, New York; Flux Factory, New York; The Studios at Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA; among others.

Aindrea Emelife is a Nigerian-British curator and art historian specializing in modern and contemporary art, with a focus on questions around colonial and decolonial histories in Africa, transnationalism and the politics of representation. She is currently Curator, Modern and Contemporary at MOWAA (Museum of West African Art,) and the curator of the Nigeria Pavilion at the 2024 Venice Biennale. Born in London, United Kingdom, Emelife studied at The Courtauld Institute of Art before embarking on a multifaceted career as a curator and art historian, producing highly acclaimed exhibitions for museum, galleries and private collections internationally. Recent exhibitions include BLACK VENUS; a survey of the legacy of the Black woman in visual culture which opened at Fotografiska NY and will tour to MOAD (San Francisco, USA) and Somerset House (London, UK) in 2023. Emelife’s first book, A Brief History of Protest Art was released by Tate in March 2022, Emelife has contributed to exhibition catalogues and publications, most recently including Revising Modern British Art (Lund Humphries, 2022) In 2021, Emelife was appointed to the Mayor of London’s Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm.

Related Exhibitions

April 7, 2024 to October 27, 2024 | Opatrny Vestibule, Opatrny Gallery, Sound Gallery

Layo Bright: Dawn and Dusk