Yinka Shonibare MBE has three of his new Wind Sculptures installed at the MCA Chicago Plaza. Nearly 20 feet high, each sculpture captures the movement of a billowing bolt of fabric. Their design was inspired by the sails of ships whose patterns derived from Dutch wax fabrics. The artist chooses these iconic fabrics to exemplify how signs of national or ethnic identity are culturally constructed.
Shonibare's installation is the fourth MCA Plaza Project. The series previously featured work by Amanda Ross-Ho (2013), Martin Creed (2012), and Mark Handforth (2011). Shonibare's work is also included in the exhibition Earthly Delights (June 28-November 30, 2014).
This exhibition is organized by Naomi Beckwith, Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
The exhibition runs from 16 June to 9 September 2014.
Naomi Beckwith on Yinka Shonibare MBE will be in discussion in an MCA Talk on Tuesday 9 September from 12-1pm.
Yinka Shonibare MBE at MCA Chicago.