City Life Org – Virgil Abloh: ‘Figures of Speech’ Exhibit Shop Offers Exclusive Limited Edition Merchandise
Mannequins wearing Figures of Speech products. (Photo: Alice Plati)
The boutique, “Church & State,” offers clothing and accessories that Abloh conceptualized for the Brooklyn Museum, as well as Off-White clothing and handbags inspired by the exhibit.
Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech,” which opens at the Brooklyn Museum on July 1, 2022, traces two decades of visionary work by the late artist and designer Virgil Abloh (American, 1980-2021). The exhibition highlights his lifelong focus on collaboration that has reshaped contemporary taste in fashion, art, commerce, design and youth culture. Abloh’s exploration of the communicative power of design is highlighted in the exhibition’s boutique, ‘Church & State’, which functions as an extension of the exhibition.
“Church & State” features “Figures of Speech” merchandise that Abloh designed in 2019 exclusively for the Brooklyn Museum’s iteration of the exhibit. In a nod to Abloh’s graphic design roots, this collection reinterprets historically significant streetwear from the 2000s, using a range of popular logos and characters from the decade. The collection is also launching t-shirts and fleece garments for young people (six to fourteen), such as a Trojan Horse graphic tee that symbolizes Abloh’s unconventional approach to social and structural change. Other items include hoodies, pants, caps, tote bags, notebooks, and keychains.
Limited edition Off-White merchandise inspired by the show includes tuxedo jackets, t-shirts, hoodies and accessories. Also on sale are handbags emblazoned with an architectural design of Abloh’s SOCIAL SCULPTURE, a highlight of the exhibit, at the Brooklyn Museum; and a couture dress. In addition, four chairs from Abloh’s Gradient Furniture collection are available to order in thirty different colors (price on request).
The Museum will also be the first retailer to carry the “Figures of Speech” publication since it has been out of print for over a year. Published by DelMonico Books, the publication was created for the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s presentation of Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech” and will be available for purchase exclusively at the Brooklyn Museum Shop before being distributed to others. retailers at the end of August. .
Access to “Church & State” is included with tickets to Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech.” The products are available on site and online. Additional deliveries of goods will take place throughout the exhibition (from July 1, 2022 to January 29, 2023).
Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech” is curated by Michael Darling, former Chief Curator James W. Alsdorf, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The Brooklyn Museum presentation is curated by writer and curator Antwaun Sargent.
The exhibition design for the Brooklyn Museum is by Mahfuz Sultan, creative director, Clocks, in collaboration with Tawanda Chiweshe and Francisco Gaspar, creative and artistic directors of ALASKA ALASKA, and Lance Singletary, design director of the exhibition, Brooklyn Museum.
Exhibit design for previous versions of “Figures of Speech” is by Samir Bantal, Director of AMO, OMA’s research and design studio.
Special thanks to Virgil Abloh Securities for their partnership.
Visiting the exhibition is made possible by Kenneth C. Griffin.
Major support for this exhibition is provided by Nordstrom and Northern Trust.
Additional support is provided by Braun.
Generous support is provided by the Brooklyn Museum Contemporary Art Committee.
Additional support is provided by the Norman M. Feinberg Exhibition Fund.