The Infinite Possibilities of Njideka Akunyili Crosby

BY Rachel Small

Last week, it was announced that the 34-year-old artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby is among this year’s recipients of the famed MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. The honor could be something of a crowning achievement following the whirlwind of recent successes that began gaining significant momentum almost exactly two years ago, when she kicked off October 2015 with a project at the Hammer Museum. The next month saw the unveiling of a Whitney-commissioned public artwork, displayed on the façade of a neighboring Meatpacking District building. The new year brought with it her first survey exhibition, which, at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida, doubled as her first formal one-person museum presentation, and, in autumn of 2016, London’s esteemed Victoria Miro Gallery hosted her first solo show in Europe.

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