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Recent Acquisitions: Oshogbo School Works

Hood Quarterly, summer 2003

Recent gifts by Edward B. Marks ’32 of a painting by Twins Seven Seven (born 1944, Nigeria) and a tapestry by Adebisi Fabunmi (born 1945, Ghana) mark a new expansion of the Hood’s collections into modern and contemporary African art.

Having lived in Nigeria during the 1960s, Mr. Marks became interested in a small group of artists working in the 1960s and 1970s in the Nigerian town of Oshogbo. Known as the Oshogbo School, this group of artists has created works in various media and material of playful, colorful, and densely populated imagery derived from the cosmology, mythology, and everyday life of the Yoruba peoples of central Nigeria.

Twins Seven Seven and Fabunmi are regarded as two of the founding leaders of this art movement, and their works have been exhibited at museums worldwide as signature examples of the Oshogbo School. Other new acquisitions at the Hood Museum of Art include recent Oshogbo School works such as the quilt Untitled (2002), by Nike Davies-Okundaye (born 1952, Nigeria), and the painting Alawada (2002), by Muraina Oyelami (born 1940, Nigeria).

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