Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory
November 19, 2021 - April 3, 2022
Hirshhorn Museum:
Independence Ave SW &, 7th St SW,
Washington, DC 20560

Unfurling across the nearly 400-foot-long circular inner galleries of Hirshhorn’s second floor is an epic cycle of 40 new monumental portraits executed in pastel, charcoal, and chalk that explore an imagined ancient myth conceived by Ojih Odutola. Set in a surreal landscape inspired by the rock formations of Plateau State in central Nigeria, the works depict the tale of a fictional prehistoric civilization dominated by female rulers and served by male laborers, as well as the power dynamics at play. A soundscape by Peter Adjaye fills the surroundings.

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