previews

  • “VIRGIL ABLOH: FIGURES OF SPEECH”

    Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA Chicago)
    220 East Chicago Avenue

    Curated by Michael Darling

    In a talk with students at the University of Oxford, UK, Kanye West famously said, “My goal, if I was going to do art, fine art, would have been to become Picasso or greater.” That ethos seems to have been adopted by West’s seminal creative director and collaborator Virgil Abloh. This June, the MCA Chicago welcomes Abloh home for a career-spanning exhibition, offering an in-depth look at and incisive lens on the multi-hyphenate’s many cultural contributions. Showcasing Abloh’s work in the fields of fashion, music, art, and architecture—some of which places him in conversation with white Conceptual artists like Duchamp—curator Michael Darling hopes to mirror Abloh’s own expansive range of interests with a program of cross-disciplinary events throughout the exhibition. The catalogue, coproduced by Abloh, sheds light on the artist’s personal archive, processes, influences, and collaborations. Travels to the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, November 9, 2019–March 8, 2020; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, July 1–October 12, 2020.

  • “ANNE IMHOF: SEX”

    The Art Institute of Chicago
    111 South Michigan Avenue
    May 31–July 7, 2019

    Curated by Hendrik Folkerts

    Few artists distill the feeling of postmillennial disaffection as deftly as Anne Imhof, whose ethereal performances include such mediagenic elements as razors, fire, young people vaping, and drones. Imhof also makes inventive use of the Berghain-scale crowds that come to view her work live: For Faust, 2017, at the Venice Biennale, she outfitted the German pavilion with an elevated glass floor so that the piece could unfold not only amid her visitors but inches below them—immediate but untouchable, as if happening on-screen. Now Imhof is back with Sex, a work presented in three chapters—the first opened at London’s Tate Modern in March, and the last will appear at Turin’s Castello di Rivoli in 2020. Chapter two brings Imhof to Chicago for three days of performance (May 30–June 1), with a score composed in collaboration with Amnesia Scanner’s Ville Haimala and artists Billy Bultheel and Eliza Douglas. The aftermath of that presentation, as well as new paintings and sculptures, will remain on view through July 7.