MCA's New Virgil Abloh Exhibit Explores the Dichotomies of Purists vs. Tourists
“Tourist and purist, that’s my main device to understand the sections of culture, that move culture forward. You have a purist, that’s like, I know the whole art history of everything, you can’t do this, this was done 20-times before you thought of it. Like, this is the pure institution. Then there’s the tourist, who’s bright-eyed, curiosity-driven, that has a lust for learning, and they support whatever. The goal of the exhibit was to allow a tourist, someone who’s from the outside to look at the everyday world and see the artistic value in the naturally occurring.” - Virgil Abloh talking about some of the themes of “FIGURES OF SPEECH”.
One of the world’s most influential and in-demand designers is the subject of a new exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
These days, Virgil Abloh spends most of his days traveling all over the world working on designs for his fashion label OFF WHITE, Louis Vuitton menswear or working on collaborations for giant brands like Nike or IKEA. But the MCA’s new exhibit VIRIGL ABLOH: “FIGURES OF SPEECH” represents a homecoming of sorts for the 38-year-old renaissance man.
Abloh was born and raised in Rockford, and then spent time in Chicago while pursuing his Master’s Degree in architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. These days, Abloh has a part-time residence in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.
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