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MCA Hosts Virgil Abloh

MCA Hosts Virgil Abloh

Chicago is home to some of the most famous museums in the country. The Museum of Science and Industry, the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, and the Art institute of Chicago were all built and opened in honor of the historic World Fairs held here in the city. Each of them were built in a uniform style to make them cohesive with the grounds of the fair. The groundbreaking Museum of Contemprary Art was a newcomer onto this formidable landscape of museums, built with the support of the city.

Since the MCA’s founding by a group of artists, critics, dealers, and collectors in 1967 the museum has taken an innovative interdisciplinary approach to art that led them to showcase then up-and-coming artist Jeff Koons as well as Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and Frida Kahlo among many others. On June 10th they will be opening an exhibit that exemplifies their dedication to showcasing unconventional, trendsetting artists no matter what medium they work in. “Figures of Speech” will be the first museum exhibition devoted to the work of Virgil Abloh, founder of Off-White and current Men’s Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton.

Abloh in his Off-white store. Image  via

Abloh in his Off-white store. Image via

The exhibit will be an immersive experience that explores multiple aspects of Virgils designs and career. The cross-disciplinary offerings will interact with architecture, music, fashion, and design to give the viewer an in-depth look at the designer. For those of you staying in Chicago, the museum will host a talk between Virgil and the exhibition curator Michael Darling on August 24th where they will discuss the process of developing the exhibition and their shared artistic interests.

Some of Virgil’s iconic works will be featured. Image via

It’s heartening to see fashion being taken seriously and put in conversation with other artistic disciplines. I hope that we can see more exhibitions like this in the future that let people look at fashion as an expression of artistic identity.

Admission to the exhibit comes free with admission. You can pre-order tickets here


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