Also opening in the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art is the exhibition Rincon Falls, Trinidad: A Print Series by Chris Ofili, on view January 12 to September 26, 2010. Chris Ofili (British, born 1968) explores contemporary black experience in his work using references from traditional African art, images of popular culture, and influences from hip-hop music. A waterfall on the north coast of Trinidad inspired this series of prints now in the permanent collection of the Harnett Print Study Center. Ofili experiments with themes of nature and landscape to challenge his skills and to “re-learn” printmaking. He used photographs and videos he had taken as source material, combined with his own memories of hiking around Trinidad where he moved in 2005, to inspire his somewhat improvisational compositions.
Ofili has had one-person exhibitions at galleries and museums throughout the world, including the Tate Britain in London, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, and the 50th Venice Biennale, Italy. His work is in several public and private collections, including The British Museum, London, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, and the Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt, Germany.
Rincon Falls, Trinidad was organized by the University of Richmond Museums and curated by Richard Waller, Executive Director, University Museums.