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Omabegho, Billy, 1970 - 1973

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Scope and Contents

Sculptor and art professor Billy Omabegho spoke to the Black Experience in the Arts course 3 times.

In his 1971 lecture, the Nigerian-born Omabegho spoke about ancient African art, some work dating back to 60,000-30,000 BCE. He also had a slide show featuring examples of African masks, dances, paintings, and clothing. It is clear he wanted students to see that black individuals have been creating art since the earliest moments of humankind and that black artistic expression takes many shapes.

Omabegho delivered lectures on 3/12/1970 (2015-0002/RR16), 10/19/1971 (2015-0002/RR17), and 10/30/1973 (2015-0002/RR44).


  • 1970 - 1973

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Biographical / Historical

Billy Omabegho was born in 1944 and received his formal art training in the United States at Cornell University and New York University. He has commissioned a number of major works including Zuma, which is a symbol of the Nigerian Mission to the United Nations in New York City, the sculpture memorial to the former Nigerian Head of State, Murtala Ramat Muhammed in Benin City, and the Lagos International Fair Trade Symbol. He has also been commissioned to do large-scale environmental sculpture in the United States. Omabegho has been acknowledged as the first Nigerian sculptor to design and execute modern large-scale monumental works for strategic public places in Nigeria. He was also commissioned to do the only sculpture garden of State House, Marina, Lagos. From 2010 to 2011, two of his designs were featured in the Global Africa Project, a major exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. His sculptures are rooted in African Symbols and a dedication to his own cultural and national heritage, which he has applied to his formal training and techniques.

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3 Reels (Magnetic tape audio recordings ) : RR 16 1 reel, 0:01:31; tape speed 3¾ IPS; track position ½-Track Mono; Substrate: Polyester. RR 17 1 reel, Side A-1:02:02, Side B-0:16:42; tape speed 3¾ IPS; track position ½-Track Mono; Substrate: Polyester. RR 44 1 reel,

Language of Materials

From the Series: English