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Magdalene Anyango Namakhiya Odundo OBE, MA - Curriculum Vitae
Born Nairobi, Kenya
Educated in India & Kenya
1973-76West Surrey College of Art & Design, BA Hons. 1st. Class
1976-79Teaching: Commonwealth Institute, London
1979-82Royal College of Art, London. MA (RCA)
2001to the present. Professor of Ceramics - The Surrey Institute of Art & Design, University College
2008Appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honour's List for services to the Arts
Awarded the African Art Recognition Award by Detroit Art Institute's Friends of African and African-American Art
2011Appointed Patron & Trustee, National Society for Education of Art & Design - NSEAD
Lives and works in Surrey
Solo Exhibitions
2010Magdalene Odundo - Ceramic Forms
LongHouse Reserve, East Hampton, NY. July 31 - October 9
2009Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool. October 3 - November 28
2008Magdalene Odundo - Ceramic Work and Drawings. An exhibition at the Jeffe-Friede Gallery, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College in
conjunction with artist in residence programme. September 20 - December 7, 2008
2007-8Resonance & Inspiration: New Works by Magdalene Odundo. Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, New Hampshire. June 7, 2007 - January 20, 2008
2006Resonance & Inspiration: New Works by Magdalene Odundo. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, Florida. September 5 - December 31 catalog
2005Magdalene Odundo: Ceramic Vessels. British Council, Nairobi, Kenya. March - July
2004Magdalene Odundo: Time and Again, Crafts Study Centre. The Surrey Institute of Art & Design, University College, Farnham. June 1 - July 9
2002Acknowledged Sources - Magdalene Odundo: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, Bournemouth, United Kingdom, August 10 - October 30
2001Magdalene Odundo - Clay Forms - A Retrospective: Blackwell House, Bowness-on-Windemere, United Kingdom, July 4 - September 23
1997/8New Work: Michael Hue-Williams Gallery, London, November 25, 1997 - January 24, 1998
1997Magdalene Odundo: Current Work. Pro-Art, St. Louis, April 29 - May 31
1995Ceramic Gestures: New Vessels by Magdalene Odundo. (a touring exhibition, catalogue) University Art Museum, Santa Barbara, California. March 15 - April 23, 1995
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. June 30 - August 20, 1995
The Fowler Museum of Cultural History, University of California, Los Angeles. September 24, 1995 - March 3, 1996
The Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey. April 3 - June 30, 1996
The National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. September 15, 1996 - January 1, 1997
Indiana University Museum of Art, Bloomington, Indiana. January 17 - March 15, 1997
St. Louis Museum of Art, St. Louis, Missouri. April 29 - July 6, 1997
1994Magdalene Odundo: African Beauty - A Retrospective: Stedelijk Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, (catalogue)
1993The Sloss Furnaces, National Historic Landmark, A Museum of the City of Birmingham, Alabama, USA
1992New Ceramics, The Oxford Gallery, Oxford, UK
Magdalene Odundo - Ceramics
Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe, Germany
1991Magdalene Odundo, Anthony Ralph Gallery, New York, USA (catalogue)
1989Kunstformen, Jetzt, Salzburg, Austria
1987Magdalene Odundo, Anne Berthoud Gallery, London, UK
New Works: Magdalene Odundo (catalogue)
The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, UK October 24 - December 5, 1987
Carmarthen Museum, Dyfed, December 19 - January 30, 1988
Ruthin Craft Centre, Clwyd, February 20 - March 19, 1988
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Dyfed, March 26 - May 7, 1988
Mostyn Art Gallery, Llandudno, May 14 - June 25, 1988
1988Beaux Arts, Bath, UK
1986Crafts Council at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
1983Crafts Council, ICA, London, UK
Royal Exchange Theatre Craft, Manchester, UK
1982/3/4Rosenthal Studio Haus, West Germany & London, UK
1979-82Commonwealth Institute, London, UK
1977Africa Centre, London, UK
Group Exhibitions
2013The Global Africa Project
Seattle Art Museum
Nov. 1, 2012 - Feb. 1, 2013
2012The Global Africa Project
Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore, MD
Jan. 1, 2012 - June 1, 2012
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
June 1, 2012 - Sept. 1, 2012
2011Hand Made: Contemporary Craft in Ceramics, Glass and Wood
Carnegie Museum of Art
April 8, 2011 - ongoing
Hand Held: Personal Arts from Africa
Baltimore Museum of Art
September 25, 2011 - February 5, 2012
Design Bassel Pierre Marie Giraud Gallery, Brussels. July
2010The Global Africa Project
Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY.
November 16, 2010 - May 6, 2011
Circuits céramiques presse communiqué. Helen Aziza, Paris
Basins, Baskets and Bowls: Women Explore the Vessel
Minneapolis Institute of Art,
May 22, 2010 - October 23, 2011
2009Unbounded: New Art for a New Century. Newark Museum, NJ. February 11 - August 16. Panel member Unbounded by Convention - Centenial Conversations
2008Black Womanhood curated by Barbara Thompson for the Hood Museum. {touring}
2005Art from Africa: Long Steps Never Broke a Back.
Seattle Art Museum, February 7 - May 19, 2002
Philadelphia Art Museum, October 3, 2004 - January 2, 2005
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, February 12 - June 19, 2005
Cincinnati Art Museum, October 8, 2005 - January 1, 2006
Frist Center for the Visual Arts, January 27 - April 30, 2006
2004Material Differences: Artists and Identity in Africa. The Museum for African Art, New York City, New York, a touring exhibition. [catalogue}
Hamline University, St Paul, Minnesota, USA
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California, USA
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
2003Material Differences: Artists and Identity in Africa. Museum for African Art, New York City. April 8 - August 15, 2003.
British Ceramics: Five Artists. Frank Lloyd Gallery, Los Angeles
International Biennial Art Invitational, 2003. July 9 - August 16, 2003
2002Pioneers to the Present, Foyer Gallery, The Surrey Institute of Art and Design, January 14 - February 11, 2002
Art from Africa: Long Steps Never Broke a Back. Seattle Art Museum, February 6 - May 19, 2002
2000Color and Fire: Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics, 1950-2000. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 4 June - 17 September, 2000, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, 15 December, 2000 - 4 March, 2001, The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 1 April -30 May, 2001, Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, 29 July - 7 October, 2001
British Ceramics 2000, Keramikmuseet Grimmerhus, Denmark, April 9 - June 18, 2000, (catalogue)
Contemporary African Art: Five Artists, Divers Trends, Indianapolis Museum of Art, August 19 2000 - December 2 2001. Catalogue, pp. 32-40
The Jugs Show, Candover Gallery, Arlesford, Hampshire, UK
Millenium Mugs, Besson Gallery, London
1999A Dialogue in Clay, Artizana, September 19 - October 8, 1999, (catalogue/Edward Lucie-Smith)
1998Contemporary Ceramics - Selections from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
November 24, 1998 - May 30, 1999, (catalogue)
Magdalene Odundo, List Gallery, Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania, USA
1997Old Africa - New Africa - Africa Observed, Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, November 7 - December 21, 1997
1996New for the Nineties - The Crafts Council Collection, Shipley Arts Gallery, Gateshead, UK March 1 - May 12, 1996
Design of the Times - One Hundred Years of the Royal College of Art, The Royal College of Art, London, February 7 - March 20, 1996
Drinking Glasses, Leerdan Glass Symposium, Leerdam, Netherlands
1995Showcase Exhibition, Crafts Council, London, UK September - October 1995
Africa 95 - African Metalwork, Crafts Council, London, UK (curated by Odundo and includes two bronze works from the Sloss Institute of Metal Arts Workshop, 1993, Birmingham, Alabama, USA)
Africa 95, British Museum Exhibition, Museum of Mankind, October, 1995 - March, 1996
Contained and Uncontained: Four Clay Artists, African American Museum, Dallas (catalogue)
November 10, 1995 - March 17, 1996
1994Art Box, Waregem, Belgium.
101 Jugs, Candover Gallery, Arlesford, UK
Africa Explores - 20th Century African Arts. catalogue
Art Contemporain Lyon, France
Tate Gallery, Liverpool, UK
1993The Ceramics of Europe '93', Westwald/Kreis, Germany
(a touring exhibition: the countries of the EEC)
Africa Explores - 20th Century African Arts. catalogue
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Center for Fine Arts, Miami, Florida
Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany
Fundació Antoni Tapies, Barcelona, Spain
1992Africa Explores - 20th Century African Arts. catalogue
Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas
Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri
Columbus Drowning, Rochdale Art Gallery, UK
Faculty Invites, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
1991/2/3Colours of the Earth - Twentieth Century British Ceramics.
A British Council touring exhibition in India and Malaysia
1991Africa Explores - 20th Century African Arts. catalogue
The Museum for African Art, New York, NY
The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, New York
University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
1990Kunst und Antiquitatenmesse, Galerie L (Frankfurt Art Fair) Germany
1989Candover Gallery, Alresford, UK
1986Courcoux & Courcoux, Salisbury, UK
1985Bluecoat Art Centre, Liverpool, UK
African Heritage Showcases Six African Women Artists.10th Women's Decade Conference, Nairobi, Kenya
1984Individual Eye, Craftsmen Potters Association, London, UK
Anne Berthoud Gallery, London, UK
1983/4/5Modern British Ceramics, Queensbury Hunt, London, UK
Fire & Smoke, Midland Group Touring Exhibition, England
1983Craftsmen Potters Association 25th Anniversary, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
1978Commonwealth Arts Festival, Calgary & Edmonton, Canada
Special Projects
2010Keramiek Seminar - March 20 -21, De Goudse Schouwburg, Gouda, Netherlands
2009The 3rd EgeArt ART DAYS, Ege University, Ataturk Cultural Centre, Izmir, Turkey. December 11 - 15.
Exhibition participant and speaker
2008Clay Art and Function {ISCAEE} - Kenyatta University, Kenya. August. Advisor and participant
2007Borrowing Heritage. The 2007 International Symposium & Exhibition. October. {International Society for Ceramics Art Education Exchange - ISCAEE}. Univeristy for the Creative Arts, Farnham. {UCA} Co-ordinator, Organiser and Keynote Speaker. Professor Magdalene Odundo - 30 Years of Making.
Venice Biennale. British Council panel member for British Pavillion
Artists lecture, Loew Auditorium, The Hood Museum, Hannover, NH
2006Resonance and Inspiration Artists lecture. The samuel Harn Museum, Univ. of Florida, Gainesville
2000The Sloss Furness & Hope Project Fountain Design, a collaboration with Brad Morton at Brad Morton Bronze Casting Workshop, Birmingham, Alabama, USA (design model of fountain made)
1996Leerdam - Drinking Glass exhibition & symposium, Leerdam, Netherlands (Magdalene Odundo glass designs show case)
2011Artist in residency, Print Workshop, Univ. of Ulster
Artist in residency, MOG in Hot Glass Art, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
Artist in residency, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, WA
Master Class with Magdalene Odundo
NorthLands Creative Glass, Lybster, Caithness, Scotland
2009Artist in residence, Huara Huara, Santiago, Chile. January
Faculty artist and instructor, Haystack, Maine.
June 28 - July 10.
2008Artist in residence, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. September-December
Artist in residence, exhibition at the Jaffrie Friedde Gallery of drawings and ceramics and installation of Acknowledged Sources
1998Artist in residence, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA
Books (Selected)
Baker, Emma, Contemporary Cultures of Display, New Haven, Conn. Yale University Press in association with The Open University, 1999
Barley, Nigel, Smashing Pots, London: British Museum Press, 1994
Blandino, Betty, Coiled Pottery. London: A & C Black, 1984
Cardew, Michael, A Pioneer Potter, London: Collins, 1988
Cardew, Michael, Pioneer Pottery, London: A & V Black, 1984
Clark, Garth and Michael Cardew, An Intimate Account of a Potter who has Captured the Spirit of Country Craft, London and Boston: Faber and Faber, 1978
Cooper, Emmanuel, Ten Thousand Years of Pottery, London: British Museum Press, revised, edn. 2000
Cosentino, Peter, The Encyclopedia of Pottery Techniques, Philadelphia: Running Press, 1990
de Waal, Edmund, Design Sourcebook: Ceramics, London: New Holland Publishers, 1999
Freyberg, Annabel, Ceramics for the Home, London: Laurence King, 1999
Jones, David, Raku, Ramsbury, UK: The Crowood Press, 1999
Lane, Peter,Ceramic Forms, London: Collins, 1986
Margetts, Martina {ed.}, International Crafts, London: Thames & Hudson, 1991
Peterson, Susan, Contemporary Ceramics, London: Laurence King, 2000
Rice, Paul, and Christopher Growings, British Studio Ceramics in the Twentieth Century, London: Barrie and Jenkins, 1989
Scott, David, Clay & Glazes in Studio Ceramics, Ramsbury, UK: The Crowood Press, 1990
Vincentelli, Moira, Women and Ceramics - Gendered Vessels, Manchester, UK and New York: Manchester University Press, 2000
Vogel, Susan, [ed.], Africa Explores: 20th-Century African Art, New York: The Center for African Art. New York and Munich: Prestel, 1991
Watson, Oliver, British Studio Potters in the Victoria & Albert Collection, London: Phaidon/Christie's, 1990
'Artist Synthesizes African and Western Ideas in Art', Kansas State Globe, Kansas City, July 6,1995
Blandino, Betty. Private Conversations, Ceramic Review, March/April, 1998, pp.31-33
Berns, Marla. Ceramic Gestures, Contact, Spring, 1997, pp.10-13
Bowye, Leslie R. 'A Love Affair with Form', New Times, August 10-16, 1995. (Kansas City)
Briers, David, review, Arts Review, (December 1987)
Buck, Louisa, 'The Critics Eye', Crafts, (November/December 1989)
Doone, J., Magdalene Odundo, Antique Collector, 1977
Estrada, Andrea, 'The Ceramic Art of Magdalene Odundo', Independent, April 20,1995
Evans, Max, 'Nelson's exhibits shine spotlight on pottery...' Olathe Daily News, August 5, 1995
Magdalene Odundo Ceramics Monthly, September, 1995, p.18
'Exhibition of Magdalene Odundo's works at Nelson-Atkins Kansas', City Globe, July 14, 1995, p.6-7
Magdalene Odundo, Crafts 92, May/June, 1988
'Magdalene Odundo', Ceramics Monthly, p.30-33. May, 1991
Glancey, Jonathan, 'The Universal Truths Behind Designer Labels', The Independent, April 8, 1989
'Graceful Ceramics', This Week in Santa Barbara, March 23-30, 1995
Graham-Dixon, Andrew, 'Magdalene Odundo', Observer Magazine, (June 2, 1985)
Greenhalgh, Paul, A Review of Contemporary Ceramics at Christie's, Ceramic Review, (Nov./Dec., 1984)
Hill, Rosemary, Workshops of the World, Crafts, (January/February, 1991)
Howard, Ashley, The enigmatic drawing of Magdalene Odundo Ceramic Review. Nov. 2010
Howell, Sarah, 'Shop Tactics', World of Interiors, June, 1990
Joris, Yvonne G.J.M., ed., Magdalene Odundo, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands: Het Kruithuis Stedelijk Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst, 1994)
Kenyan Heritage, Crafts 67, March/April, 1984
Margrie, Victor, 'Review of new work, Oxford Gallery', Craft, (November/December, 1992) 'New works by Magdalene Odundo'
Muchnic, Suzanne, 'British ceramics: Five Artists', American Craft, October/November, 2003, p.77
Norrie, Jane, 'Review of Magdalene Odundo at the Oxford Gallery', Arts Review, (August, 1992)
Olding, Simon, NSEAD Art & Design, text profile. November edition
Peebles, Debra, 'Forms, Vibration and Spirit', Pitch Weekly, July 20-26, 1995, p.26
Queensbury, David, 'Magdalene Odundo', (London, 1991)
Report, Ceramic Review 100, July, 1986
Report, Christie's, London, 1986
Review, Craft 45, December, 1987
Review, Craft 44, September, 1987
Staal, Gert. 'Magdalene Odundo - Silent Dancers', kerameiki techni, December, 1997, pp.8-11
'The Peach, Artist synthesizes African &Western ideas in art', Kansas City Star, Wed., August 9, 1995, p.18
Thompson, Robert Farris, 'Afro-Modernism', Artforum, (September, 1991): 91-94, illustration
Thorson, Alice, 'International Influences seen in Kansas City art spaces', Kansas City Star, July 14, 1995, p.17
Cantor Arts Center Journal, 2008-9, Vol.6, pp111-113
Tressida, Megan, 'A Feat of Clay', World of Interiors, (June, 1984)
Vogel, Susan, ed., 'Africa Explores: 20th-Century African Art' (New York: The Museum for African Art, New York and Munich: Prestel, 1991)
Watts, I., 'Magdalene Odundo', Africa Magazine, 1977
Wainwright, Martin, 'Craftnotes', Crafts, (March/April, 1989)
Wingrave, Hannah, 'Magdalene Odundo', Ceramics in Society, Autumn, 2001, pp.13-19
Wood, Eoline, 'A Visit with MagdaleneOdundo',The Studio Potter, Fall, 1991
Chapter 7, The African Literature Association Annual Series, Vol.15
Films and Video
Out of Africa, Bacchanal Film, Insight Production, Channel 4 Television, 1984
Magdalene Odundo, a video produced by East Midlands Arts, 1989
Ceramic Gestures: A Conversation with Magdalene Odundo, Victoria Vesna, dir., Television Studios of Instructional Resources, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1995, 9 min., videocassette
Selected Public Collections
Aberystwyth University Art Museum
African Heritage, Nairobi
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas
The Art Institute of Chicago
Art Box, Waregem, Belgium
Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology/University of Oxford
Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe
Baltimore Museum of Art
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, Great Britain
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama
The British Museum, London
The Brooklyn Museum, New York
Buckinghamshire County Museum, Great Britain
Cantor Arts Center, Stanford, CA
The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
The Cleveland Crafts Centre, Middlesborough, UK
Cleveland Museum of Art
Commonwealth Institute, London
The Crafts Council, London
The Detroit Institute of Art
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, M.H. de Young Museum
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge,
Fowler Museum of Cultural History, University of California, Los Angeles
Hood Museum of Art
Indiana University Art Museum
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Murumbi Collection, Nairobi, Kenya
Museum for African Art, New York
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg
Museum für Kunsthandwerke, Frankfurt
National Design Museum, Cooper-Hewitt/Smithsonian Institution, New York
National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City
The Newark Museum
Nottingham City Gallery, Nottingham, Great Britain
Rosenthal Collection, Hamburg
The Saint Louis Museum of Art
Samuel P. Harn Museum, Gainesville
Seattle Art Museum
Stedelijk Museum voor Hedendaagst Kunst, Netherlands
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Wakefield Schools and Resources Museum, Wakefield, UK