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Odili Donald Odita: Exploring Color and Form

Welcome to the first in an ongoing series of Online Learning courses, where educators, students, and families can access video tutorials, downloadable curriculum guides, and other resources expanding upon works of art in the museum’s exhibitions and permanent collection. These tools will help learners of all skill levels build critical thinking using inquiry-based learning.

In this project, students will explore how the artist Odili Donald Odita uses symbolism to reflect on identity, culture, and place.

About the Artist

Odili Donald Odita (b. 1966, Enugu, Nigeria) is an artist who explores abstraction through color and pattern, often considering the legacies of American color field painting and West African textiles, among other references. His work, titled after a deadly reptile and a popular underground dance style in Brazil, involves a dynamic and rhythmic interlacing of forms.

About the Educator

Morel Doucet is the Curriculum and Tour Coordinator at ICA Miami. His immersive, personalized courses for young audiences instigate curiosity, sensory perception, and visual literacy. Born in Haiti and currently based in Miami, FL, Morel is an Emmy-nominated multidisciplinary artist and arts educator whose work has been featured and reviewed in numerous publications, including Vogue Mexico, Oxford University Press, Hyperallergic, Luxe Magazine Miami, Biscayne Times, and Indulge Magazine.

Reading List

Installation Views

Installation view: Odili Donald Odita, Mamba Negra, 2019 at ICA Miami.
Installation view: Odili Donald Odita, Mamba Negra, 2019, at Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio.
Installation view: Odili Donald Odita, Mamba Negra, 2019 at ICA Miami.
Installation view: Odili Donald Odita, Mamba Negra, 2019, at Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio.
Installation view: Odili Donald Odita, Mamba Negra, 2019 at ICA Miami.
Installation view: Odili Donald Odita, Mamba Negra, 2019, at Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio.
Installation view: Odili Donald Odita, Mamba Negra, 2019 at ICA Miami.
Installation view: Odili Donald Odita, Mamba Negra, 2019, at Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio.