Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago
Nigerian-born British designer Duro Olowu is internationally recognized for his women’s wear label launched in 2004. The London-based designer’s work is characterized by unique fabrics and evocative patterns fashioned into impeccably constructed garments that speak to a cosmopolitan sensibility informed by his international background and a curator’s eye. Duro Olowu’s multinational and multicultural viewpoint has translated into wildly popular platforms and projects from his Instagram postings to his revelatory museum and gallery curatorial projects in London and New York that position him at the transcultural crossroads of art, culture, and fashion. Olowu is now curating a major exhibition drawn from the public and private art collections of Chicago, including the MCA’s collection that reveals his creative process in imagining 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. In the final gallery, visitors encounter a cast of mannequins dressed in Olowu’s designs. The exhibition has a strong emphasis on art by women, artists of African descent, and self-taught or visionary artists.