In just a matter of days Virgil Abloh‘s much-anticipated “Figures of Speech” exhibition will open to the public at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Prior to the premiere, the MCA gives us a look inside the installation, which is comprised of seven parts: “Early Work,” “Fashion,” “Music,” “Intermezzo,” “Black Gaze,” “Design,” and “The End.” Abloh’s retrospective delves into 20 years of his designs ranging from sneakers and apparel, to furniture, graphic works, and beyond.
As alluded to in the name, the “Early Work” portion showcases Virgil’s early designs across streetwear and luxury fashion, with a section dedicated Pyrex Vision. Next, “Fashion,” spotlights the designer’s creative process including graphics, logos, and texts, largely centering around his men’s and women’s OFF-WHITE collections from 2014 to 2019.
In “Music,” Abloh shines a light on his time spent as creative director for Kanye West’s DONDA, as well as his career as a DJ. “Intermezzo” then references the 38-year-old creative’s DIY aesthetic, in addition to his architecture and design concepts. Moving on, Virgil delves into black culture and his experience as a minority in fashion in “Black Glaze.” “Design” highlights a selection of Abloh’s key collaborations including RIMOWA, alongside some of his furniture concepts. And lastly, “The End” is a call to the influential power of advertising.
To complement the extensive “Figures of Speech” exhibition, the MCA is housing a special pop-up store called “Church & State,” where attendees can purchase limited edition products from Virgil and OFF-WHITE and an all-orange Louis Vuitton collection, as well as items by Tom Sachs, Cali Thornhill DeWitt, Futura, Simon Brown, Brendan Fowler, and more.
“Figures of Speech” opens to the public June 10 and runs through September 22. Visit the official Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago website for more on the installation.
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