In 2011, NOMA commissioned the mural Forever by artist Odili Donald Odita—on permanent view in the museum—to commemorate the 100th birthday of the museum.
Odita’s father—also an artist, Emmanuel Odita—was one of the members of the Zaria Arts Society, a group featured in the current exhibition Black Orpheus: Jacob Lawrence and the Mbari Club.
Curator of Education Tracy Kennan reflects on the connection between the two artists.
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Black Orpheus: Jacob Lawrence and the Mbari Club was made possible in part by major funding from National Endowment for the Humanities, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Getty Foundation Paper Project, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the IFPDA Foundation. The Wyeth Foundation for American Art provided support for the exhibition catalogue.