Odili Donald Odita, Shadow and Light (for Julian Francis Abele), 2015. Acrylic latex paint on wall. Dimensions variable. Commissioned by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
One mural is done, a second to be completed.
In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the Nasher Museum of Art commissioned two murals by Odili Donald Odita to celebrate the connection between the museum and the Duke and Durham communities. The first mural has been completed on a wall inside the museum, and the second one is being painted on an outside wall of the downtown YMCA.
In imagining the murals, Odita said he was inspired by the work of architect Julian Abele, an African-American who is credited with designing much of Duke's original West Campus, including its iconic Duke Chapel.
Both murals are made possible by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts and Council for the Arts Visiting Artist Program of Duke University; the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation; and Elizabeth Hitchins Quigley and L. Matthew Quigley. Additional generous support is provided by Nasher Annual Fund donors.
Below, a detail from the Nasher mural.