Yinka Shonibare CBE at the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago, Illinois, USA

The inaugural exhibition of the Driehaus Museum's new contemporary art series, ‘A Tale of Today', is dedicated to the early work of Yinka Shonibare CBE. Drawing on history, politics and fashion as well as his own British and Nigerian heritage, Shonibare explores and critiques our understanding of the past.

Employing humour, irony and theatrics, Shonibare explores the past through lenses that focus on the social, class, and racial issues that are relevant today. From photography series to sculpture installations, Shonibare's work is displayed in the context of one of America's greatest gilded age mansions - the Driehaus Museum's home. This compelling juxtaposition throws a new light on Shonibare's work, and allows audiences to see the history of the Gilded Age in a new way.

For the exhibition opening on Saturday 2 March, a panel discussion will take place exploring how Shonibare explores our understanding of the past in relation to today's changing global-cultural landscape. The panel will include Executive Director of the Driehaus Museum, Richard P. Townsend, Manilow Senior Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Naomi Beckwith and independent art historian and curator, Lowery Stokes Sims.

2 March-29 September 2019

Yinka Shonibare CBE at the Richard H. Driehaus Museum