Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago, IL, United States
29 Feb 2020 - 10 May 2020

Clockwise: Bruce Nauman, Bound to Fail (from the portfolio Eleven Color Photographs), 1966–67/1970/2007. Ink–jet print exhibition copy (originally chromogenic development print). Image: 19 7/8 × 23 5/8 in. (50.5 × 60 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gerald S. Elliott Collection, 1994.11.h © 2019 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago. Simone Leigh, No Face (House), 2017. Photo: © Simone Leigh; courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York. Duro Olowu, Spring/Summer 2020, Look 7. Photo: Christina Ebenezer

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.

The exhibition is guest-curated by Duro Olowu and organized for the MCA by Naomi Beckwith, Manilow Senior Curator, with Jack Schneider, Curatorial Assistant.



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