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  • Yinka Shonibare, Odile and Odette, 2005, still from a color video, 14 minutes 28 seconds.

    Yinka Shonibare

    Brooklyn Museum
    200 Eastern Parkway
    June 26–September 20, 2009

    Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia
    140 George Street The Rocks
    September 24, 2008–February 1, 2009

    Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
    Capital Gallery 600 Maryland Avenue SW Suite 7001
    November 11, 2009–March 7, 2010

    Curated by Rachel Kent

    In traditional folktales, the trickster serves to reveal cultural complexities, and as critic Jean Fisher has noted, this character has “a global reach,” popping up in narratives everywhere, subverting rules, and confusing codes. So, too, Member of the British Empire Yinka Shonibare, whose multireferential sculptures, installations, paintings, videos, and photographs have reverse-colonized the art world, peopling it with a cast of color-saturated, quasi-surreal masqueraders (often headless and usually engaged in extravagantly absurd pursuits). Featuring twenty works from the past twelve years, this major midcareer survey will highlight Shonibare’s newest output—and promises a carnival of both visual and postcolonial complexity.