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Crossing Borders: Njideka Akunyili Crosby

Nigerian-born, Los Angeles–based artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby moved to the US at the age of 17 (after winning the green card lottery in her home town) to train as a painter at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and, later, Yale University. Here, as in many of her portraits, Crosby gives an intimate portrayal of her interracial marriage and day-to-day life in America. She combines photo-transfer processes with painting and collaged fabrics, fusing Nigerian and American materials, images, and cultural traditions. Learn about Crosby and other immigrant artists: mo.ma/crossingborders.

Our digital exhibition “Crossing Borders,” presented as part of our #CitizensBorders initiative, showcases works from MoMA’s collection by artists who immigrated to the U.S., often as refugees in search of safe haven. Explore at mo.ma/crossingborders

[Njideka Akunyili Crosby (b. Nigeria, 1983). “And We Begin to Let Go.” c. 2013. Acrylic, pastel, charcoal, collage, Xerox transfers, and marble dust on paper. Promised gift of Jerry I. Speyer and Katherine Farley.]