Cornell Reunion Olin Lecture with Olalekan Jeyifous (B.Arch. '99)

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A futuristic city scape with statues and old train cars converted into buildings.

image / Olalekan Jeyifous

The Road Became A River: The Revelatory Potential of Fictive Architectural Worldscapes by Olalekan Jeyifous (B.Arch. '99)

Learn how cultural identity, interdisciplinary exploration, and environmental and geopolitical realities impacted one Cornellian's journey — followed by a Q&A moderated by AAP Dean J. Meejin Yoon (B.Arch. '95).

Olalekan Jeyifous (B.Arch. '99) is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work re-imagines social spaces that examine the relationships between architecture, community, and the environment. He has exhibited at venues such as the Studio Museum in Harlem, the MoMA, the Vitra Design Museum, and the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain. In addition to an extensive exhibition history, he has spent over a decade creating large-scale installations for a variety of public spaces and was recently co-commissioned to create a monument dedicated to congresswoman Shirley Chisholm as part of the City of New York's "She Built NYC" initiative.

Olalekan has been a Wilder Green Fellow at the MacDowell Colony and has completed artist residencies with the Drawing Center's Open Sessions program and the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center. He has won numerous awards for his artistic practice and is the recipient of a 2021 Fellowship from United States Artists.

The Olin Lecture was established at Cornell in 1987 through a generous gift from the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Foundation. This event is open to all registered Reunion 2022* attendees and members of the Cornell community. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

*If you will be attending this event, you need to be registered for Reunion regardless of graduation year. If you have any questions regarding Reunion registration, contact

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