Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago

   February 29 – June 14, 2020
   Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL

Elias Sime, "TIGHTROPE: (23) While Observing...," 2018, reclaimed electrical wires, circuit boards, and nails on panel. © Elias Sime, photo by James Cohan Gallery.

Artists Included:
Elias Sime

On loan to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago is Elias Sime’s TIGHTROPE: (23) While Observing…, a 2018 mixed media artwork made of reclaimed electrical wires, circuit boards, and nails on panel.

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.

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