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Works by Victor Ekpuk

April 18, 2015, through August 02, 2015
Victor Ekpuk, Composition No. 13 (Sante Fe Suite)

Victor Ekpuk, Composition No. 13 (Sante Fe Suite), 2013, graphic and pastel on paper. Courtesy of the artist. © Victor Ekpuk

Victor Ekpuk, Santa Fe

Victor Ekpuk, Santa Fe, 2013, graphite and pastel on paper. Collection of Fidelity Investments, Albuquerque, New Mexico. © Victor Ekpuk

Victor Ekpuk, Market Day

Victor Ekpuk, Market Day, 2007, China marker on archival pigment print. Collection of the artist. © Victor Ekpuk

Victor Ekpuk, Sanctuary

Victor Ekpuk, Sanctuary, from the series Composition, 2008, graphite and pastel on paper. Collection of the artist. © Victor Ekpuk

Nigerian-born artist Victor Ekpuk is best known for his improvisational use of nsibidi, a form of ideographic writing associated with Ekpe, the powerful, interethnic men’s association active in the southern border regions of Nigeria and Cameroon. Though familiar to him since his childhood, Ekpuk’s aesthetic engagement with nsibidi emerged during his fine art studies at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ife, Nigeria, where students were encouraged to explore the logics of pattern and design in indigenous African art forms. Ekpuk’s fascination with nsibidi during these years—its economy of line and encoded meanings—led to his broader explorations of the visual properties of linguistic signs and to the invention of his own fluid letterforms. As a mature artist, Ekpuk has so internalized the rhythm and contours of his “script” that it flows from his hand like the outpouring of a personal archive.
This exhibition was organized by Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and curated by Allyson Purpura. It is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. The exhibition's presentation at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, was generously supported by the Leon C. 1927, Charles L. 1955, and Andrew J. 1984 Greenebaum Fund and the Cissy Patterson Fund.
Curated by Dr. Allyson Purpura, Curator of African Art at Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois / Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, Curator of African Art

Art in Progress: Victor Ekpuk at Dartmouth

In April 2015, artist Victor Ekpuk spent several days at Dartmouth’s Hood Museum of Art creating a new work. The process was open to visitors and was part of a larger exhibition of Ekpuk’s work, Auto-Graphics.

The Erasure of Victor Ekpuk’s Wall Drawing

Victor Ekpuk’s wall drawing performance took place during his weeklong residency at the Hood Museum of Art. On August 2, 2015, Ekpuk’s wall drawing was erased. Watch the video to learn about not only what the drawing process means to Ekpuk but also how the erasure of his drawing completes his artistic statement.

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Apr 21
Hood Museum of Art, Second-floor galleries
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Victor Ekpuk: Drawing Performance
Apr 23
Hood Museum of Art
12:30PM
Tour and Lunch with Artist Victor Ekpuk
Apr 24
Hood Auditorium
4:30PM
“Excavating Memories”
Apr 25
Hood Museum of Art
1:00PM
Experimenting with Line
May 16
Hood Museum of Art
2:00PM
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May 26
Hood Museum of Art
12:30PM
“Marks and Mark-Making in Afro-diasporic Art”
Jun 13
Hood Musuem of Art
2:00PM
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Jun 16
Hood Musuem of Art
12:30PM
“Memory and Victor Ekpuk’s Wall Drawings”

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