Olu Oguibe is a Professor at the Africana Studies Institute and the in the Departments of Art and Art History, where he teaches studio practices and art theory. He graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian at the University of Nigeria in 1986, and received his PH.D. in the history of contemporary art from the University of London in 1992. Since then he has taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies, and Goldsmiths College, both of the University of London, as well as the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of South Florida where he held the Stuart Golding Endowed Chair in African art. His last position was as a senior fellow of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at the New School, New York.
Dr. Oguibe has published several books and articles on art, among them The Culture Game (University of Minnesota Press, 2004), Uzo Egonu: An African Artist in the West (1995), and the edited volumes Reading the Contemporary: African Art from Theory to the Marketplace (1999) and Authentic/ Ex-Centric: Conceptualism in Contemporary African Art (2000). His contributions have also appeared in key volumes such as the Art History and its Methods, The Visual Culture Reader, The Third Text Reader on Art, Culture and Theory, and Art in Theory 1900 – 2000: An Anthology of Changing Ideas . In addition he has organized art exhibitions for major museums and galleries including the Tate Gallery of Modern Art, London and the municipal museum of Mexico City. His own art has also been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Oguibe was a senior fellow of the Smithsonian Institution in 2006, and a resident scholar at the Rockefeller Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy in 1999. His hobbies include music, architectural and industrial design, and collecting articles of modern design, 19th century Connecticut mantle clocks, as well as classic British sports cars.