Art encompasses all forms. It’s interspersed within the realms of architecture, music, literature and of course, fashion – something that the designer-cum-curator, Duro Olowu uses to excel his creativity all to well.

Known for his designs that pack a punch of prints and colour palettes, 2020 has seen him expand his artistic domain by curating Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago, an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, which deep dives into the public and private artworks of Chicago, showing the city as the cultural hub it rightfully is. The exhibit is currently closed, but you can currently explore it through digital content created on their website, or look at it through a literary lens via his new photography tome, Duro Olowu: Seeing.

Published to co-align with his exhibition, Olowu’s latest venture is a continued exploration of his creative process, as he imagines relationships between artists and objects across time, media and geography. Alongside the imagery, contributions from Valerie Steel, Ekow Eshun, Thelma Golden and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye give narrative context through interviews with Olowu about his work and essays on his designs in contemporary fashion and his role within Britain’s Afro-Caribbean creative community. Written by the Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Naomi Beckworth, this makes a simple keepsake for an exhibition those in the big smoke might not be able to see IRL – pandemic or not.

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