Pregnant

Toyin Ojih Odutola, Nigerian (works in New York City), born 1985

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2017

Charcoal, pastel and graphite on paper

Sheet: 74 1/2 × 42 in. (189.2 × 106.7 cm)

Frame: 2 1/2 × 48 × 79 in. (6.4 × 121.9 × 200.7 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Florence and Lansing Porter Moore 1937 Fund

2018.8

Geography

Place Made: Nigeria, Western Africa, Africa

Period

21st century

Object Name

Drawing

Research Area

Africa

Drawing

Not on view

Label

The elegantly poised woman in Pregnant is part of Toyin Ojih Odutola’s series that imagines a Nigerian family in a parallel universe where racism and colonialism never existed. Intricate details—manicured nails, a chic domestic interior, matching blue gems and gold jewelry—represent luxury and prestige. Although she is not visibly pregnant, the title alludes to the sense of a growing family and distinct lineage.

From the 2023 exhibition Homecoming: Domesticity and Kinship in Global African Art, curated by Alexandra Thomas, Curatorial Research Associate

Course History

ENGL 53.10, Immigrant Women Writing in America, Melissa Zeiger, summer 2018

AAAS 88.17, ANTH 50.21, Filmmaking and Visual Culture, Jesse Shipley, Summer 2018

HIST 66/AAAS 15, History of Africa Since 1800, Naaborko Sackeyfio-Lenoch, Winter 2021

GEOG 72.01/AAAS 67.50/WGSS 66.09, Black Consciousness Black Feminism, Abby Neely, Spring 2022

HIST 5.08/AAAS 19, Africa and the World, Naaborko Sackeyfio-Lenoch, Summer 2022

HIST 5.08/AAAS 19, Africa and the World, Naaborko Sackeyfio-Lenoch, Summer 2022

HIST 5.08/AAAS 19, Africa and the World, Naaborko Sackeyfio-Lenoch, Summer 2022

SART 20/SART 71, Drawing II/Drawing III, Jack Wilson, Fall 2022

First Year Student Enrichment Program – Cultures, Identities and Belongings, Colleen Lannon, Summer 2023

First Year Student Enrichment Program - Cultures, Identities and Belongings, Mokhtar Bouba, Summer 2023

Philosophy 1.11, Art: True, Beautiful, Nasty, John Kulvicki, Summer 2023

Writing 2.05, Why Write, Anyway?, Erkki Mackey, Fall 2023

Writing 5.24, Photographic Representations, Amanda Wetsel, Fall 2023

Writing 5.25, Photographic Representations, Amanda Wetsel, Fall 2023

Anthropology 31.01, Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies 36.01, Gender in Cross Cultural Perspectives, Sabrina Billings, Fall 2023

Anthropology 55.01, Anthropology of Global Health, Anne Sosin, Fall 2023

Exhibition History

Homecoming: Domesticity and Kinship in Global African Art, Harteveldt Family Gallery, Owen Robertson Cheatham Gallery, and Northeast Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire, July 22, 2023–May 25, 2024.

Toyin Ojih Odutola: The Firmament, Hood Downtown, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, June 8–September 2, 2018.

Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New YOrk, October 20, 2017-February 25, 2018.

Provenance

Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, New York; sold to present collection, 2018.

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