Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA)
Installation view of "Child on Unicycle," 2005
Installation view of "Child on Unicycle," 2005


2 March - 29 September 2019

A Tale of Today: Yinka Shonibare CBE is the inaugural exhibition in the Driehaus Museum’s new contemporary art programme, aimed to explore the contrasts and connections between the Gilded Age and the present.

The exhibitions take its name from The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today, the 1873 book by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner that originally coined the phrase that subsequently became the name for this period in American history.

The exhibitionis built around four sculptural installations and two photography series, that will be installed throughout the Museum’s “home,” the Nickerson Mansion—renowned as Gilded Age Chicago’s “Marble Palace”. The installation will, in part, engage with the mansion’s own history, to better highlight the different questions about class, race, and status that are so integral to the exhibited works.

“Yinka Shonibare is an artist who draws on history, politics, and fashion to explore and critique our understanding of the past with equal doses of humor, irony, and theatrics,” — Richard P. Townsend, the Museum’s director. “Our hope with this exhibition, and its companion programs, is to engage audiences in thinking about the past through a new frame of reference—one that is also relevant to understanding the challenges our society faces today.”


Website: driehausmuseum.org


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