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Chicago

“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.