Known for his portraits of African American, African and Afro-Brazilian men, Wiley often paints his subjects with a nod to classical artists. For tomorrow night’s event, the artist will speak more generally about his career, with a focus on his projects that pertain directly to Africa. He is expected to touch on his “World Stage: Lagos-Dakar” series, ten paintings from the artist’s travels to Nigeria and Senegal, and his recent collection of portraits of football (soccer) players from the 2010 World Cup.
Following Wiley’s talk, Washington D.C.-based Nigerian artist Victor Ekpuk will engage the artist in a conversation about his personal history and how it connects to broader themes in African art.
The event, sponsored by the National Museum of African Art, is the third in the museum’s “Global Africa” series, which brings international artists to the museum to discuss their work.
The event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.