Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago

Opening: Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday, Feb 29 – May 10, 2020

220 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

On February 29: Celebrate the opening of this maximalist exhibition in an all-day, museum-wide immersion of color, pattern, and sound.

• Customize your claws with Duro-inspired patterns from Astro Wifey.

• Join Duro Olowu and Pritzker Director Madeleine Grynsztejn in conversation about the exhibition's relevance and revelations in their 2 pm talk.

• Dive deeper into the works on view with free tours throughout the day.

• Explore self-expression in an Olowu-inspired interaction with our artist guides.

•Make a shareable souvenir inside a GlitterGuts photobooth.

• Dance with Duane Powell at a special Soundtrack in the Commons.


Nigerian-born British designer Duro Olowu is internationally recognized for his womens wear 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.

The exhibition is organized with MCA Manilow Senior Curator Naomi Beckwith and is presented in the Griffin Galleries of Art on the museum’s fourth floor.


Daniele Tamagni, Sapeurs posing in front of Memorial Savorgnan de Brazz, Brazzaville, 2008. Chromogenic development print. Frame: 37 ½ in x 47 in; paper: 26 in x 36 in. Courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago


Top image: Duro Olowu, Spring/Summer 2020, Look 7. Photo: Christina Ebenezer