Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago: Museum of Contemporary Art | Chicago, IL
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 organized with MCA Manilow Senior Curator Naomi Beckwith and is presented in the Griffin Galleries of Art on the museum’s fourth floor.
Wadsworth JarrellShore Market, 1968Oil on canvas32 x 44 x 3 in
81.3 x 111.8 x 7.6 cm
Jae JarrellBrothers Surrounding Sis in Ornamented Screen, 2017Painted wood, antique player piano discs, and photographs64 x 14 x 14 in
162.6 x 35.6 x 35.6 cm
Jae JarrellVictorian Beads and Glasswork Enscreened, 2017Mixed media81 x 21 x 21 in
205.7 x 53.3 x 53.3 cm
Jeffrey GibsonTO SAY I LOVE YOU RIGHT OUT LOUD, 2019Acrylic on canvas, glass beads and artificial sinew inset into custom wood frame82 x 74 in
208.3 x 188 cm
Gerald WilliamsIllumination, 1978Ink on paper20 x 19 x 1 in
50.8 x 48.3 x 2.5 cm
Gerald WilliamsUntitled, 1978Ink on paper19 x 16 x 1 in
48.3 x 40.6 x 2.5 cm