Arthouse Contemporary holds legacy exhibition for Zaria rebels. The exhibition tagged Zaria Art Society: Celebration of Legacies, will take place from October 26 to November 15, 2019 at the Kia Showroom, 308 Adeola Odeku Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.
The special exhibition will highlight the revered founding fathers of contemporary Nigerian art. The artists, whose works are featured in this historic show, include Yusuf Grillo, Demas Nwoko, Emmanuel Odita, Simon Okeke, Uche Okeke, Bruce Onobrakpeya and Oseloka Osadebe. The Zaria Art Society was a group of artists that came together at the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, Zaria in 1958, to form a new artistic philosophy that embraced the uniqueness of Nigerian artistic expression. Often times referred to as the “Zaria Rebels”, these artists rejected the Western-centric educational framework of the time, preferring to promote the idea of “natural synthesis” that prioritized indigenous artistic styles and narratives.
The artworks selected explore the philosophical ideas and creative dialogue they shared at
school in Zaria that defined and chartered the path of modernism in contemporary Nigerian
art. It also presents in dialogue their distinct and individual multi-dimensional creative ex-
pression, which they individually forged in their different geographical locations across the
country. This exhibition celebrates them as icons and legends of our cultural heritage. The
exhibition includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, designs, prints and other forms of art
creation, as well as archival materials that explore the history of the Zaria Art Society and
their intellectual and philosophical pursuits as legacies bequeathed to us.
This exhibition is curated by Professor Jerry Buhari, professor of Fine Art at Ahmadu Bello
The Private Preview will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2019, 6 PM, at the Kia Show-
room. Public Viewing will open on Sunday, October 27, 2019, 12-5 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public until November 15, 2019.
A roundtable discussion, titled “Meet the Legends”, will take place on Saturday, November 2, 2019, 1 PM at the Kia Showroom, which will bring together many of the original artists from the legendary artistic movement, including Yusuf Grillo, Demas Nwoko and Bruce Onobrakpeya.
This roundtable discussion offers the rare opportunity to hear from these masters of modern art in Nigeria. The accompanying publication includes scholarly essays and statements by Professor Osa Egonwa (Department of Fine and Applied Arts, Delta State University Abraka Delta State, Nigeria); Professor Jacob Jari (Department of Fine Arts, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria); Rebecca Wolff (PhD Candidate, Department of Art History, University of California, USA); Kolade Oshinowo (Former National President Society of Nigerian Artists); Pro-
fessor Gambo Giles Duniya (Department of Fine Arts, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nige-
ria); Emeritus Professor Ola Oloidi (Department of Fine and Applied Arts, University of
Nigeria Nsukka, Nigeria); Olu Amoda (Yaba College of Science and Technology Yaba, La-
gos, Nigeria); Krydz Ikwuemesi (Associate Professor of Fine Art, Department of Fine and
Applied Arts, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Nigeria); Professor D. O. Babalola (Former Pro-
fessor of Art History, Department of Fine Arts, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria); Dele Jegede (PhD. Professor Emeritus, Art & Art History, Miami University Oxford, OH, USA); Dr.
Mike Omoighe (Yaba College of Science and Technology Yaba Lagos, Nigeria); Dr. Kunle
Filani (Federal College of Education, Technical Akoka Lagos., Nigeria); Ozioma Onuzulike
(Professor of Ceramic Art and Art History, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Nigeria); Professor
Frank Ogiomoh (Independent scholar); Ijeoma Ucheke-Okeke (Asele Institute Foundation
Nimo, Anambra State, Nigeria); and Chika Okeke-Agulu (Professor and Director of Gradu-
ate Studies in the Department of Art and Archaeology, and Department of African American Studies, Princeton University, USA).
Zaria Art Society: Celebration of Legacies is proudly sponsored by Access Bank, The Ford
Foundation Access Bank, Ford Foundation, Kia, Lasis, Le Connaisseur, Eric Kayser, 7UP,
Veuve Clicquot and Guardian Arts.
For more information, please contact Nana Sonoiki by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or
by telephone at +234 8052500195.