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Feature | A Visual Walkthrough – Virgil Abloh’s “FIGURES OF SPEECH” EXHIBIT At MCA CHICAGO

Virgil Abloh is one of today’s most influential creative visionaries in design. The Rockford, IL born native has had his share of incorporating his ideas into the fashion industry for many years. Been Thrill, Pyrex Vision, and of course Off-White are some of the brands that were started by Virgil – in which shortly took over not only the streetwear scene, but changed the idea of the process of what “fashion” is.

Virgil’s mark can also be seen on many other brands besides his own, including, IKEA, Nike, and Louis Vuitton, where he currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer.

His vision just doesn’t stop at clothing – Virgil has created album artwork for some of the top musicians in music. Kanye West, Jay Z, Nicki Minaj, Lil Uzi Vert, Tyga, and more. A large version of the YEEZUS album is on full display as part of Virgil Abloh’s “FIGURES OF SPEECH” exhibit at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Virgil Abloh’s “FIGURES OF SPEECH EXHIBIT (Photo by Tre G – Journalist Without A Beat)

The exhibit officially opened to the public on June 10th. Once you arrive to MCA Chicago (with tickets already in hand), you’re instructed to go to the fourth floor.

The orange and white checkered wall design details will tell you, you’re definitely in the right place. The exhibit has a total of nine rooms filled with artifacts that span the life and career of the designer. The exhibit most definitely features many pieces that can be considered “think pieces”. One piece that stood out to me had to be the clear suitcase filled with water guns.

Visitors will also have the option to listen a 30-minute audio recording from the man himself explaining what each room theme means.

To fully take in the art and the “Figures of Speech” exhibit, one must experience it in person. The exhibit will be showcased until September 22nd.

Journalist Without A Beat would like to send a huge thank you to MCA Chicago’s media relations department, staff, and security for the amazing hospitality.

For more info on the exhibit and how to get tickets, visit

View photos from “FIGURES OF SPEECH” below

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