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CURRENT EXHIBITIONS
     

Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory
Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, Denmark
26 March 2021 — 6 June 2021



Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory
The Curve, The Barbican Centre, London, United Kingdom
11 August 2020 — 24 January 2021



Toyin Ojih Odutola: Tell Me A Story, I Don’t Care If It’s True
Jack Shainman Gallery, Viewing Room
1June — 1 July 2020


Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of The Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Virginia Beach, Virginia
20 March — 16 August 2020
(POSTPONED)


Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Illinois
29 February —10 May 2020



I Am: Contemporary Women Artists of Africa
National Museum of African Art (Smithsonian), Washington D.C.
20 June 2019 — 5 July 2020


       
PUBLICATIONS



︎ Toyin Ojih Odutola, Untitled Book Project (UmuEze Amara and House of Obajemi family series), TBA 




︎Toyin Ojih Odutola, Zadie Smith, Lotte Johnson, A Countervailing Theory, 2020 (Barbican Centre)





︎ Toyin Ojih Odutola, Claudia Rankine, William J. Simmons, The Treatment, 2015-17, 2018 (Anteism Books)




︎ Toyin Ojih Odutola, Dr. Leigh Raiford, Emily Kuhlmann, A Matter of Fact, 2018 (Museum of the African Diaspora, MoAD)





︎ Toyin Ojih Odutola, Alphabet: A Selected Index of Anecdotes & Drawings, 2012.







SURVEYS



→ Kimberly Drew, Jenna Wortham, Black Futures, 2020 (Penguin Random House)

→ Sarah Urist Green, You Are An Artist: Assignments To Spark Creation, 2020 (Penguin Random House)

→ Claire Gilman, For Opacity: Elijah Burgher, Toyin Ojih Odutola, and Nathaniel Mary Quinn, 2018 (The Drawing Center)

→ Trent Morse, Ballpoint Art, 2016 (Laurence King Publishing)

→ Lauren P. Della Monica, Bodies of Work: Contemporary Figurative Painting, 2015,
(Schiffer Publishing)

→ Pamela McClusky and Erika Dalya Massaquoi, Disguise: Masks and Global African Art, 2015 (Yale University Press)

→ Lauren Haynes, Naima J. Keith, and Thomas J. Lax, FORE, 2012 (Studio Museum in Harlem)

→ Kristina Van Dyke and Bisi Silva, Elias K. Bongmba, Francesca Consagra, and Banning Eyre, The Progress of Love, 2012 (The Menil Collection and Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts)





BOOK COVERS



→ Zora Neale Hurston, Tell My Horse:Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica, 2020 (HarperCollins Publishers)

→ Helon Habila, Travelers, 2020, (W. W. Norton & Company)

→ Shane McCrae, Sometimes I Never Suffered, 2020 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

→ George S. Schuyler, Black No More, 2018 (Penguin Classics)

→ Jennifer C. Nash, Black Feminism Reimagined After Intersectionality, 2019 (Duke University Press)

→ Samiya Bashir, Field Theories, 2017 (Nightboat Books)

→ Paul C Taylor, Linda Martín Alcoff, Luvell Anderson, The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Race, 2017 (Routledge Philosophy Companions)






COVERS FOR PERIODIOCALS



TIME Magazine, 100 Women of the Year, March 2020

The New York Times Magazine, The Lives They Lived, December 2018


BIOGRAPHY


Toyin Ojih Odutola (b. 1985, Ile-Ife, Nigeria) creates multimedia drawings on various surfaces, which examine the malleability of identity through ecclectic modes of story-telling.

Her works have been exhibited at and are in the collections of Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; The Art Institute of Chicago; Princeton University Art Museum; and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C., amongst others. Participation in international exhibitons includes the 12th Manifesta Biennial in Palermo, Italy (2018) and collateral exhibitions for the 58th Venice Biennale (2019).

Ojih Odutola earned her BA from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and her MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She lives and works in New York.





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Education & Fellowships
2012 

MFA in Painting and Drawing, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, California

2008
BA in Studio Art and Communications, University of Alabama in Huntsville

2007 

Norfolk Summer Art Fellowship, Yale University, Connecticut


Public Collections
Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland 

Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama
Blenheim Art Foundation, Woodstock, United Kingdom
The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii 

The Dean Collection, New York 

Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
The Giuseppe Iannaccone Collection, Milan, Italy

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston, Massachusetts 

Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College, Lynchburg, Virginia
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York
Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, Mississippi 

Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York 

National Portrait Gallery, London, United Kingdom

New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana 

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, Ohio 

Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey 

Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Providence, Rhode Island

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, California
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C.

Society for Contemporary Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois 

Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, New York 

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York


Selected One-Artist Exhibitions
2018
—When Legends Die, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, New York 
 —Toyin Ojih Odutola: The Firmament, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire 
 —Scenes of Exchange, 12th Manifesta Biennial, Orto Botanico di Palermo, Palermo, Italy 

—Toyin Ojih Odutola: Testing the Name, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia

2017 — 2018 

—Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York

2016 — 2017 

—A Matter of Fact: Toyin Ojih Odutola, Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, California

2015 — 2016 

—Of Context and Without, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, New York

2015
—Toyin Ojih Odutola: Untold Stories, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri

2014 

—Like the Sea, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, New York

2013 — 2014 

—The Constant Wrestler, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA), Indianapolis, Indiana

2013
—My Country Has No Name, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, New York

2011 

—(MAPS), Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, New York


Selected Group Exhibitions
2020
—Duro Oluwo: Seeing Chicago, Museum of Contem porary Art, Chicago, Illinois (until 10 May 2020)

2019 — 2020 

—Driving Forces: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Ann and Ron Pizzuti, Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio
—Nicolas Party: Pastel, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York
—EMBODY, Mandeville Gallery, Union College, Schenectady, New York
—I Am...: Contemporary Women Artists of Africa, National Museum of African Art (Smithsonian), Washington D.C. (until 5 July 2020)

2019 

—Prospect, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, California 
 —Future Generation Art Prize @ Venice 2019, 58th Venice Biennale, Palazzo Ca’ Tron, IUAV University, Venice, Italy 

—Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, California 
 —Drawn Together Again, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York 

—Dreamweavers, UTA Artist Space, Los Angeles, California 

—Future Generation Art Prize Exhibition of Shortlisted Artists, PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, Ukraine 

Show Me as I Want to Be Seen, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, California 

Damn! The Defiant, Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, New York, New York 

Art on Paper 2019: The 45th Exhibition, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina
Presence: Meditations on the Spelman College Collection, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia
Highlights From the Sweet Briar Collection, Pannell Gallery, Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, Virginia

2018 — 2019
Pulse, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas 

Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of The Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art, Mennello Museum of American Art, Florida
For Opacity: Elijah Burgher, Toyin Ojih Odutola, and Nathaniel Mary Quinn, The Drawing Center, New York, New York 

In This Imperfect Present Moment, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington

2018 

—Random Search: Mining the Archives of Tamarind Institute, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico 

Histórias Afro-Atlânticas (Afro-Atlantic Stories), São Paulo Museum of Art, São Paulo, Brazil 

Orientation: The Racial Imaginary Institute Biennial, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, New York 

The Racial Imaginary Institute: On Whiteness, The Kitchen, New York, New York 

Legacy of the Cool: A Tribute to Barkley L. Hendricks, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, Massachusetts

2017 — 

Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts, National Museum of African Art (Smithsonian), Washington, DC

2017 

Ethics of Depiction: Landscape, Still Life, Human, Oakland University Art Gallery, Rochester, Michigan 

Dialogues in Drawing, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA 

A Painting Today, Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Vanishing Points, James Cohan Gallery, New York, New York
Political Discourse, University Hall Gallery, UMass Boston, Massachusetts

2016 

Africa Forecast: Fashioning Contemporary Life, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia 

Material Issue, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, Kentucky 

Stark Imagery: The Male Nude in Art, William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, Connecticut 

Making Her Mark, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, Connecticut
The Mecca, JCT Gallery, Toronto, Canada 

Black: Color, Material, Concept, Studio Museum Harlem, New York

2015 — 2016 

Disguise: Masks and Global African Art, Seattle Art Museum, Washington 

Disguise: Masks and Global African Art, Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, California 

Disguise: Masks and Global African Art, Brooklyn Museum, New York

2015 

Interventions in Printmaking: Three Generations of African American Women, Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania 

SELF: Portraits of Artists in Their Absence, National Academy Museum of Art, New York
Piece by Piece: Building a Collection, Selections from the Christy & Bill Gautreaux Collection, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri 

Status Quo, Jack Shainman Gallery’s The School, Kinderhook, New York 

Breath/Breadth: Contemporary American Black Male Identity, Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College, Lynchburg, Virginia 

Young, Gifted, and Black, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2014
Other Ways; Other Times: Influences of African-American Tradition from St. Louis Collections, Philip Slein Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri 

I See You, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Art, Charlotte, North Carolina 

southXeast: Southeastern Contemporary Art, Schmidt Center Gallery and Ritter Art Gallery, Florida Atlantic University, School of the Arts, Boca Raton, Florida 

Mise En Scène, Jack Shainman Gallery’s The School, Kinderhook, New York 

The Mosaic Project: Ojih Odutola & Panas, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

2013 — 2014 

The Six Draughtsmen, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), Brooklyn, New York

2013 

Black Hair: Black Identity, Iona College Chapman Gallery, New Rochelle, New York 

Singular Masses: An Examination of Racial Identity, Hyde Gallery, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, Tennessee 

The Moment for Ink, Chinese Cultural Center, San Francisco, California 

Ballpoint Pen Drawing Since 1950, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut 

Seven Sisters, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, California

2012 — 2013 

Fore and Gordon Parks: A Harlem Family 1967, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York 
 —The Progress of Love, Menil Collection, Houston, Texas

2012 

Afro: Black Identity in America and Brazil, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Falling Through Space Drawn by the Line, UB Art Galleries, University at Buffalo, New York

2011 

The Black Portrait, Rush Gallery, New York, New York 

Frontrunners: The San Francisco Foundation 2011 Murphy & Cadogan Fellowship Awards Exhibition, SOMArts, San Francisco, California 

Geoffrey Chadsey, Toyin Ojih Odutola and Artifacts from Nagaland, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, Curated by Claude Simard
Ouroboros: An Exhibition & Reading, California College of the Arts Writer's Studio, San Francisco, Curated by Toyin Ojih Odutola and Nick Johnson 

Selections on View, Contemporary Galleries, Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama

2007
Yale/Norfolk Summer Art Fellowship Student Exhibition, Norfolk, Connecticut


Projects
2014 

The Art Assignment, PBS Digital Studios


Awards & Residencies
2018
—Future Generation Art Prize 2019 Shortlist
—Rees Visionary Award, Amref Health Africa

2017 — 2018 

—Lida A. Orzeck ’68 Distinguished Artist-in-Residence, Barnard College, New York, New York

2016 

Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, California

2014 

Tamarind Institute, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico 

Flying Horse Editions, College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida

2012
Tamarind Institute, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico 

Flying Horse Editions, College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida

2011
—Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship Award, The San Francisco Foundation, California

2008 

—Erzulie Veasey Johnson Painting & Drawing Award, UAHuntsville, Alabama

2007
—Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship Grant, Yale University/Norfolk


Lectures
2019 

—Graduate Seminar Panel Discussion, University of California Berkeley, African American Studies Department, Berkeley, CA 

—National Museum of African Art’s Lecture and Panel Discussion, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. 



2018 

—Artist Talk, The Drawing Center, New York, NY 

—Artist Talk, Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH 

Keynote Lecture at Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), Atlanta, GA 

—Artist Talk, Manifesta 12, Palermo, Italy 

—Artists’ Panel Discussion, Whitney Museum of Art, New York, NY
—Artist Lecture, Barnard College, New York, NY 

Artists’ Panel Discussion, Barnard College, New York, NY

2017 

—Artist Lecture, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO 

—Artist Lecture, University of California Berkeley, African American and African Diaspora Studies Department, Berkeley, CA

2016 

—Artist Talk, Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA
—Artist Talk, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA 

—Parsons School of Art and Design Visiting Artist Lecture, New York, NY 

—Keynote Address, The Dark Room Fourth Exposure Symposium, Mount Holyoke, South Hadley, MA

2015
—Artists’ Panel Discussion, Maier Museum of Art, Randolph College, VA

2014 

—Artist Lecture, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Lancaster, PA
—Artist Talk, Tamarind Institute, UNM College of Fine Arts, Albuquerque, NM 

—Artist Lecture, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

2013
—Artist Talk, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis, IN


Teaching
2018
Drawing Intensive Course, Barnard College, New York, NY

2017 

Drawing Intensive Course, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO


Donations
2019 

—WACO Theater Center’s Annual Wearable Art Gala Benefit Auction 


2018
—Creating Space: Artists for The Studio Museum in Harlem (An Auction to Benefit the Museum’s New Building)

2017 

—WACO Theater Center’s Annual Wearable Art Gala Benefit Auction

2016
—Africa’s Out! 2016 Celebration and Benefit Auction 

—The Art of the Matter Auction, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

2015
—Africa’s Out! 2015 Celebration and Benefit Auction

2012
—Aspen Art Museum Art Crush Benefit 

—The New Yorker Passport to the Arts Benefit

2011
—Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation's 12th Annual Art for Life, East Hampton Benefit Auction