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Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech”

Start Date 10 June 2019
End Date 29 September 2019
Venue The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Location Chicago, USA
Curator Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf and Marjorie Susman
Exhibition display of dressed mannequins with illuminated writing 'you're obviously in the wrong place'
Exhibition display of dressed mannequins with red wall and the text 'blue' in blue writing
Exhibition display of dressed on clothes rail

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech,” the first museum exhibition devoted to the work of the genre-bending artist and designer Virgil Abloh (American, b. 1980). Abloh pioneers a practice that cuts across media and connects visual artists, musicians, graphic designers, fashion designers, and architects.

Abloh cultivated an interest in design and music at an early age, finding inspiration in the urban culture of Chicago. While pursuing a master’s degree in architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology, he connected with Kanye West and joined West’s creative team to work on album covers, concert designs, and merchandising. In 2013, Abloh founded his stand-alone fashion brand Off-White™ in Milan, Italy, and in 2018 assumed the position of Men’s Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton.

Set in an immersive space designed by Samir Bantal, the Director of AMO, the research studio of Rem Koolhaas’s renowned architectural firm OMA, the MCA exhibition will offer an in-depth look at defining highlights of Abloh’s career including a program of cross-disciplinary offerings that will mirror the artist’s range of interests across music, fashion, architecture, and design.

Images courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago