ARTIST'S TALK AND RECEPTION | Art as Metaphor: Contemporary African Art in the Paintings of Ibitayo Ojomo

Museum of the African Diaspora

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Join us for a reception and exhibition viewing of J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere, Nigerian Photographer: Sartorial Moments and the Nearness of Yesterday followed by an Artist’s Talk with Ibitayo Ojomo. Professor Ojomo is proud to present “Art as Metaphor: Contemporary African Art in the Paintings of Ibitayo Ojomo,” as part of the African Art Talk Series jointly sponsored by the  African Women’s Development Fund USA ( and the Museum of the African Diaspora (  Referencing his work, Professor Ojomo will present how he combines classic African aesthetics and proverbs to create contemporary visual metaphors of Nigerian politics, society and philosophy.  Also, his talk will overview the development of African art and its influence on global contemporary art more generally.

A contemporary of Nigerian photographer J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere now on exhibit at MoAD, Professor Ibitayo Ademola Ojomo’s work is widely recognized and studied for its influence on the development of contemporary Nigerian and African Art in general. Professor Ọjọmọ, painter, architect, and educator was trained in Art and Architecture in Nigeria and further educated in both areas in the United States of America. During the 1980s he became a leading figure in the ỌNA group of artists, formed to reclaim the beauty, honor and place of the Ifẹ-Yoruba artistic legacy in contemporary Nigerian art. For more on Professor Ojomo’s work visit

This program is co-presented by Museum of the African Diaspora and the African Women’s Development Fund USA.