March 8, 2018

Blog: Happy International Womens Day | Njideka Akunyili Crosby

Happy International Womens Day! Can you name #5WomenArtists? We continue to join National Museum of Women in the Arts in showcasing women artists from our collection with the work of Njideka Akunyili Crosby.

Njideka Akunyili Crosby often portrays everyday interiors as sites of cultural exchange, highlighting their role in larger socio-political contexts and narratives. Depicting a side table and television in front of an exterior window, “See Through” pictured above, offers a view of a familiar setting that seems to be a site of personal memory for the artist. Two women are depicted in the work: Grace Jones, the global figure and avant-garde Jamaican fashion icon of the 1970s and ‘80s; and the artist’s mother as seen in a portrait medallion printed on commemorative fabric during her senatorial campaign—highlighting a form of portraiture that brings the public and personal together in a single object. Protective metal bars, which the artist has depicted as crisscrossing patterning, overlay a louvered window in the background. As in much of Akunyili Crosby’s work, the window to the world becomes a screen, a site for accumulation, reflection, and projection rather than for “seeing through” as the title suggests.


painting with two women on it

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, See Through, 2016. Collection Pérez Art Museum Miami, museum purchase with funds provided by PAMM’s Collectors Council, in honor of Jack Tilton. © Njideka Akunyili Crosby. Photo by Oriol Tarridas.