The inaugural exhibition in the Driehaus Museum’s new contemporary art series, A Tale of Today, focuses on Yinka Shonibare CBE, an artist who draws on history, politics, and fashion influences to explore and critique our understanding of the past with equal doses of humor, irony and theatrics playfully woven in. All of the British-Nigerian artist’s work reflects the intersection of his English and African heritage and, in his own words, is “about raising questions rather than answering them.”
This exhibition features the artist’s earlier work, from photography series to sculpture installations. It is presented within the context of one of America’s great Gilded Age mansions - the Driehaus Museum’s home - creating compelling juxtapositions that will reveal new perspectives on both the art and its setting.
A Tale of Today will provide opportunities for audiences to see the history of the Gilded Age through different lenses, and explore the social, class, racial and economic issues that make that history relevant to society now.
This exhibition is organized by the Richard H. Driehaus Museum.
Advance ticket purchase is now available for general admission.
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The exhibition is underwritten in part by Eugene and Jean Stark, Gary Metzner and Scott Johnson, and the Richard H. Driehaus Annual Exhibition Fund. Additional support is provided by:
Image: Yinka Shonibare CBE (British/Nigerian, b. 1962) Dorian Gray (detail), 2001. The Collection of Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman NY, Courtesy of the FLAG Art Foundation. © Yinka Shonibare CBE. Image Courtesy of James Cohan, New York.