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Toyin Ojih Odutola – ‘The Firmament’ – Opens Friday, June 8th, Hood Downtown

Toyin Ojih Odutola’s Drawings

Opening Friday, June 8th

Artist Talk: Saturday, June 23rd, 4-7PM

The Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, presents Toyin Ojih Odutola: The Firmament in the Hood Downtown exhibition space from June 8 through September 2, 2018, and invites campus and community audiences to hear the artist introduce her work in a talk and reception on Saturday, June 23, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.

In this new series, Toyin Ojih Odutola has created a possible Nigeria, one whose inhabitants
thrive, having long ago arrived at a state of comfort unfettered by the enduring legacy of
colonization.

Stories take center stage in Toyin Ojih Odutola’s drawings. She catches her characters at quiet moments captured from otherwise rich and complex lives. Short on specifics and long on allusion, the narratives she evokes suggest a wide emotional range. We are not meant to know exactly what takes place in these lives, but we are invited into their private spaces and we share an implied intimacy with many of them. Ojih Odutola allows us to peek, but not pry, into the lives of those who occupy her personal firmament.

The exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art and generously supported by Kristy and Robert Harteveldt ’84 and Linda and Rick Roesch. It includes a fully illustrated brochure, available in the exhibition space.

Hood Downtown, 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH

Website: HoodMuseum.Dartmouth.edu

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