For the fourth year, the Nasher Museum has organized an installation inspired by Duke’s freshman summer reading book. This year, the book was Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Set in recent decades, this novel follows Ifemelu, a young Nigerian woman, as she experiences school, work, and relationships in both Africa and America. Ifemelu, along with relatives and friends living abroad, navigates the complexities of being a stranger in a foreign land, as well as the frustration, joy and relief of returning home after many years.
The installation fills the Nasher Museum’s Academic Focus Gallery, but, because there are so many great contemporary works in the collection that also connect to the book’s themes (like identity, immigration and race), we wanted to extend the exhibition to include art already on view in Sound Vision.
Enter our new label!
Seven pieces in Sound Vision have an additional Summer Reading Connection label (above) to let visitors know about the link between shows. Can you find them all?
Look for transfer photographs of the author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in this beautiful work on paper by Njideka Akunyili, one of our Summer Reading Connections.
Njideka Akunyili, “The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born” Might Not Hold True For Much Longer, 2013. Acrylic and transfers on paper, 64 × 82 7/8 inches (162.6 × 210.5 cm). Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC. Promised gift of Marjorie and Michael Levine (T’84, P’15); L.28.2013.1. © Njideka Akunyili. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.