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Presentation at the Clyfford Still Museum

Big Ideas Series: Odili Odita – Abstraction

Thu, Apr 13, 2023 06:00 - 07:30 PM MDT

Venue : Clyfford Still Museum

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Category: Talks,

6-6:30 p.m. Galleries will be open
6:30-7:30 p.m. Talk in CSM Lobby

Clyfford Still saw how the boundless plains in the West could offer generous bounty in times of plenty or pitilessly starve in dust and wind. He referred to that experience as one that taught him to respect the “awful bigness of the land, the men and the machines.” In subsequent years, he worked on an enormous scale, and each time, he had to confront the awful bigness of the vast expanse of blank canvas. CSM’s current exhibition, Awful Bigness features Still’s most ambitious works to facilitate our consideration and discussion of some of the biggest ideas impacting our lives today. Join us for this lecture series exploring monumental topics related to exhibition themes. The April program will feature Odili Odita talking about Abstraction.

This program is $5 for the public, free for CSM members, and registration is required to attend in person at the Clyfford Still Museum. Registration will open soon.

About Odili Odita

Odili Odita
Odili Odita

Odili Donald Odita was born in Enugu, Nigeria and lives and works in Philadelphia. Odita is an abstract painter exploring color both in the figurative historical context and in the sociopolitical sense.

Odita has exhibited nationally and internationally in museums and art institutions including; Every Day: Selections from the Collection, Baltimore Museum of Art (2019-2020); Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem (Travelling, 2019-2020); Front International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art (2018); Prospect.4, The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp (2017-2018); Represent: 200 Years of African American Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art (2015), among others.

Odita has been commissioned to paint large-scale wall installations that include; The Philadelphia Museum of Art (2021); The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond (2020); Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (2019); Newark Museum (2017); the Nasher Museum of Art, Durham (2015); Ezra Stiles College at Yale University, New Haven (2015); United States Mission to the United Nations in New York (2011); the New Orleans Museum of Art (2011); the 52nd Venice Biennale exhibition, Think with the Senses, Feel with the Mind, curated by Robert Storr.

Odili Odita is a Professor in Painting, Drawing & Sculpture at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University and is represented by the Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, the David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, and the Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town.