Olu Oguibe (born 14 October 1964) is a Nigerian-born American artist and intellectual.Professor of Art and African-AmericanStudies at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Oguibe is a senior fellow of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at the New School, New York City, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. He is also an art historian, art curator, and leading contributor to post-colonial theory and new information technology studies.Oguibe was honoured with the State of Connecticut Governor’s Arts Award for excellence and lifetime achievement on 15 June 2013.
Oguibe taught critical theory at Goldsmiths College before moving to the United States. To date his art has been shown in major museums and galleries around the world including the Whitney Museum of American Art; Whitechapel Gallery and the Barbican Center, London; Migros Museum, Zurich; the Irish Museum of Modern Art, and Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, among many others; as well as in the Havana, Busan, and Johannesburg biennials, and most recently at the 2007 Venice Biennial. His public art works may be found in Germany, Japan and Korea. Oguibe has previously taught in several colleges including theUniversity of Illinois at Chicago and the University of South Florida where he held the Stuart Golding Endowed Chair in African Art.
Oguibe’s critical and theoretical writings have appeared in several key volumes including The Dictionary of Art, Art History and its Methods, Art in Theory 1900-2000, The Visual Culture Reader, The Third Text Reader on Art and Culture, The Black British Culture and Society Reader, and Theory in Contemporary Art: From 1985 to the Present, as well as numerous serials such as Frieze, Flash Art International, Art Journal, Texte Zur Kunst, Zum Thema, Third Text and Criterios. His most recent books include Reading the Contemporary: African Art from Theory to the Marketplace (MIT Press, 2000) and The Culture Game (University of Minnesota Press, 2004).
- Kenule “Ken” Beeson Saro-Wiwa – 10 October 1941 – died 10 November 1995
- Bai Tamia Johnson Moore – 12 October 1916 – died 10 January 1988
- Richard Claxton “Dick” Gregory – 12 October 1932
- Alice Childress – 12 October 1916 – died 14 August 1994
- Ann Petry – 12 October 1908 –died 28 April 1997
- Dalene Matthee – 13 October 1938 – died 20 February 2005
- Biyi Bandele-Thomas – 13 October 1967
- Abderrahmane Sissako – 13 October 1961
- Arnaud “Arna” Wendell Bontemps – 13 October 1902 –died 4 June 1973
- Askia Muhammad Touré – 13 October 1938
- Olu Oguibe – 14 October 1964
- Uche Nduka – 14 October 1963
- Haddis Alemayehu – 15 October 1910 – died 6 December 2003
- Ahmed Shawqi – 16 October 1868 – died 14 October 1932
- Frank Mkalawile Chipasula – 16 October 1949