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In Conversation: Leslie Wayne, NA and Odili Donald Odita, NA

  • Jack Shainman Gallery 513 West 20th Street New York, NY (map)

Leslie Wayne, NA

Wayne was born in Germany in 1953, and grew up in California. She currently lives and works in New York. Wayne studied painting at the University of California, Santa Barbara from 1971 to 1973, and she received a BFA in sculpture at The Parsons School of Design. She was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting (2018, 2006), Guggenheim Fellowship (2017), the Joan Mitchell Foundation Artist Grant (2012), the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Artists Grant (1994), and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Artist's Grant (1985). 

Wayne’s work is included in various public collections such as the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, the Portland Museum of Art, Oregon, the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, Florida, the Neuberger Museum of Art, New York, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Massachusetts,Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy, La Coleccion Jumex, Mexico, and le Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, France.  Several of these works from the le Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, France were on view at Exposition D’Automne at the Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, Château Labottière, Bordeaux, France, September 12, 2015 – March 6, 2016. Her 2016 MTA Arts and Design commission for the Bay Parkway station on the F line in Brooklyn was opened to the public in the fall of 2018.

Odili Donald Odita, NA

Odili Donald Odita has been a Professor in Painting, Drawing & Sculpture at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University since 2006, and from 2003-2005, was a Visiting Critic at Yale University School of Art.

Odita’s exhibitions include; the 52nd Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition, curated by Robert Storr (2007); DAK’ART 2004, the Dakar Biennale of Contemporary African Art with curator, Ivo Mosquita; the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston (2010); the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2008); the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati (2007); and the Studio Museum in Harlem, Project Space (2007). Group exhibitions include Prospect.4, the US Biennial in New Orleans (2017-2018); Represent: 200 Years of African American Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art (2015); ARS 11, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki (2011); and The Global Africa Project, Museum of Arts and Design, New York (2010).

Odita’s wall commissions include; the Ford Foundation (2018); the Newark Museum (2017); Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC (2015); Philadelphia Mural Arts Program (2016); Ezra Stiles College, Yale University, New Haven (2015); the Savannah College of Art & Design Museum of Art (2012); the New-York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center (2012); the US Mission to the UN, NY (2010); and Butler College, Princeton University, NJ (2009).

The discussion will take place at 513 West 20th Street at 3pm. Please RSVP to rsvp@jackshainman.com. , Leslie Wayne, NA: What's Inside will also be on view at 20th Street.