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Duro Olowu Seeing Chicago

Start Date 29 February 2020
End Date 27 September 2020
Venue Museum of Contemporary Art
Location Chicago, USA
Curator Duro Olowu 
Organized for the MCA by Senior Curator, Manilow Naomi Beckwith
Curatorial Assistant Jack Schneider
Exhibition display of dressed mannequins

Duro Olowu works at the crossroads of fashion, art, and culture. 

Nigerian-born British designer Duro Olowu is internationally recognized for his womenswear label launched in 2004. Characterized by unique fabrics, evocative patterns, and impeccable construction, the London-based designer’s garments are informed by his international background and curator’s eye. Olowu’s multinational and multicultural viewpoint has translated into wildly popular platforms and projects from his dynamic Instagram account to his revelatory curatorial projects in London and New York. 

Now Olowu turns his cosmopolitan eye to Chicago. Drawing from the city’s public and private art collections including works in the MCA’s collection, Olowu curates a show that reimagines relationships between artists and objects across time, media, and geography. Moving away from traditional exhibition formats, Olowu combines photographs, paintings, sculptures, and films in dense and textural scenes that incorporate his own work.