A few weeks ahead of her first solo museum show in New York, opening at the Whitney on October 20, Toyin Ojih Odutola has taken on a residency at Barnard College. She is officially designated there as the Lida A. Orzeck ’68 Distinguished Artist-in-Residence, and she will lead various academic activities, including giving tours of her Whitney show.
The Nigerian-American artist has become known in New York for portraits that play on how viewers perceive race and skin tones. Most recently, she began working on a series she called “The Treatment,” which she made in response to recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, and which will later be developed into a book.
“I’m thrilled to be chosen for this residency and grateful to Ms. Orzeck for her support of the arts and arts education,” Ojih Odutola said in a statement. “I came into my own as an artist when I was in college, so I look forward to learning from and with Barnard students as they are developing their artistic voices.”