Mendi Obadike


Born: Palo Alto, California, 1973

Resides: Montclair, New Jersey

Education: Duke University (Ph.D., 2005); Spelman College (B.A., 1995)


Keith Obadike


Born: Nashville, Tennessee, 1973

Resides: Montclair, New Jersey

Education: Yale University School of Drama (M.F.A., 2004); North Carolina Central University (B.A., 2001)


Selected Solo Exhibitions



"Numbers Station, Furtive Movements," RYAN LEE Gallery, New York.

"Free/Phase," Chicago Cultural Center.

"Blues Speaker [for James Baldwin]," Vera List Center for Art and Politics, New School, New York.



"Mendi + Keith Obadike: American Cypher," Institute of Visual Arts, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.



"Mendi + Keith Obadike: American Cypher," Studio Museum in Harlem, New York.



"African Metropole: Lagos Sonic City," Pascal Gallery, Ramapo College, New Jersey.

"American Cypher: Stereo Helix for Sally Hemings," Samek Art Museum, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.



"Big House/Disclosure," Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.


Selected Group Exhibitions



"Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966)," Whitechapel Gallery, London (January 29-May 15).



"Think of the Number 6," GUS Gallery, University of Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa.

"The Printed Room, Poems 1990-2001," SALTS Gallery, Birsfelden, Switzerland.

"Come As You Are," Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey. Traveled to Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia; University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor; and Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas. Catalogue.



"Afrotechtopia," Samek Art Museum, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.



"Reading List," The Museum of Modern Art, New York.



"Loop," Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Brooklyn.



"On Screen: Global Intimacy," Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign. Traveled to Bermuda National Gallery, Hamilton.



"Unmonumental," New Museum, New York.


Selected Performances and Readings



Public Reading, The Poetry Project, St. Mark's Church, New York.



"BodyLock," University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Public Reading, Center for Book Arts, New York.

Reading List, Public Reading, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

"Shared Spaces: Social Media and Museum Structures," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

"Poetry Will Be Made By All," LUMA Foundation, Zürich.


Selected Bibliography



Lynne, Jessica. "Reading the Numbers of Stop and Frisk," Hyperallergic (September 21).

"World Listening Day 2015," Soundstudiesblog (July 18).

Obadike, Keith, and Mendi Obadike. "Study of Waves: An Interview with SCRAAATCH," (June 4).

Rothfeld, Becca. "What Was the Art of the 1990s All About?," Hyperallergic (May 12).

Rosenberg, Karen. "Alt History: 8 Groundbreaking Works That Show Why We Still Love the 90s," Artspace (February 14).

Indrisek, Scott. "Come As You Are: A 90's Flashback in New Jersey," Blouin Artinfo (February 10).

Yablonsky, Linda. "The Art of the Curious Nineties," ARTnews (January).

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