LECTURE: Olalekan Jeyifous
Monday, October 18, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Jeyifous discusses his design and artistic practice and process of examining contemporary socio-political, cultural, and environmental realities through the tradition of architectural utopianism, from a sci-fi inspired and Afro-surrealist perspective.
Jeyifous received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work re-imagines social spaces examining the relationships between architecture, community, and the environment. He has exhibited at venues such as the Studio Museum in Harlem, the MoMA, the Vitra Design Museum, and the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain. In addition to an extensive exhibition history, he has spent over a decade creating large-scale installations for a variety of public spaces and was recently co-commissioned to create a monument dedicated to Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm as part of the City of New York’s “She Built NYC” initiative.
Jeyifous has been a Wilder Green Fellow at the MacDowell Colony and has completed artist residencies with the Drawing Center’s Open Sessions program and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center. He has won numerous awards for his artistic practice and is the recipient of a 2021 Fellowship by the United States Artists.