The Making of "Making and Unmaking”
The Museum of Cycladic Art has the pleasure to host a talk between artist Glenn Ligon. and designer Duro Olowu.
Glenn Ligon the internationally renowned artist will talk with famous designer Duro Olowu about The Making of "Making and Unmaking” the exhibition curated by Olowu at the Camden Arts Centre, London where Ligon participated and was consid-ered one of the best exhibitions of 2016 and groundbreaking in it its eclectic choice of works and confounding curatorial convention installation.The exhibition, which included over 70 artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Carol Bove, Lisa Brice, Alice Neel, and Lorna Simpson among others, was a poignant examination of issues around sexuality, cultur-al identity, the representation of the body and the private working ritual of artists. They will explore how Olowu's deep love of the visual arts and close relationships with artists has influenced his practice. The conversation will trace the beginnings of Olowu s in-terest in curating exhibitions. They will also explore how the ever-changing display of clothing, objects and artworks in his Mason’s Yard space in London acted as a model for the curatorial strategies employed in the Camden Arts show.
Duro Olowu, is a celebrated fashion designer and one of former first lady Michelle Obama’s favourite designers. He was raised between Nigeria and the United Kingdom. His bold innovations with pattern, color and shape reveal his early influences and his ongoing fascination with different cultures around the world. He combines antiques textiles with his own fabric designs, discordant colors and patterns. He won the prestigious "New Designer of the Year" award at the British Fashion Awards 2005. His shop in London is a constantly changing curated installation of his designs, objects from all over the world and art from his personal collection. The store has become a cult destination for the fashion and artworld.
Glenn Ligon is considered one the most important American artists of his generation and has shown extensively in museums around the world. He is best known for his landmark series of text-based paintings, made since the late 1980s which draw on the writings of diverse figures like the writers James Baldwin, Jean Genet, political activist Jesse Jackson, and comedian Richard Pryor. His paintings are painstakingly stencilled, over and over, into near illegibility. “The political,” Ligon says, “gets turned, through repetition, into a kind of abstraction.” His work explores American history, black history, racial issues and other social tensions, in artworks that are both politically provocative and formally beautiful. In 2011 he was awarded with a mid-career retrospective of his work at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In June 2017 he will curate an exhibition titled Blue/Black at the Pulitzer Art Foundation in St. Louis. His works are included in major international museums such as Tate Modern, London, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Moma, New York City, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. etc.
Consultant of Contemporary Art, Museum of Cycladic Art