Nigerian gallery Retro Africa will present a seasonal exhibition from July 19 to August 17 at Lehmann Maupin’s space at 536 West 22nd Street in New York. The exhibition, Do This in Memory of Us, will feature Nigerian-American artist and writer Victor Ehikhamenor, Congolese painter Chéri Samba, and African-American artist Nate Lewis. This presentation is Retro Africa’s first in the United States and will have an opening reception on Monday, July 19, 4–8 PM.
Victor Ehikhamenor draws upon motifs from his childhood in the Nigerian village of Udomi-Uwessan and his studio practice in the United States, reflecting distinct artistic traditions and subverting assumptions of each tradition by expanding the art historical canon. Chéri Samba’s paintings reveal his perception of the social, political, economic, and cultural realities of the Democratic Republic of Congo, exposing all facets of everyday life in Kinshasa. Meanwhile, Nate Lewis explores history through patterns, textures, and rhythm, creating meditations of celebration and lamentations.
Lehmann Maupin will remain open for private viewings at 536 West 22nd Street during Retro Africa’s summer pop-up. Do This in Memory of Us will be open for extended evening hours on Wednesday, July 21, 6–8 PM in conjunction with the ADAA’s annual Chelsea Gallery Walk.
About Retro Africa
Since its founding in 2015, Retro Africa has served Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja and the broader African art community as a hub of contemporary art and culture. With its international program of exhibitions, art fair presentations, and intra-gallery curatorial collaborations, Retro Africa seeks to explore emerging and historically overlooked narratives. Dedicated to encouraging growth within the visual arts, the gallery and community center provides a platform for established and emerging artists, organizing public programs, workshops, and residencies to foster learning and highlight the breadth and depth of the contemporary African art scene.
Image: Installation view of Do This in Memory of Us at Retro Africa’s seasonal exhibition space at Lehmann Maupin, New York. Photo by Simi Vijay Afun-Ogidan