Yinka Shonibare MBE's Space Walk from 2002, which was made in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum. (Photo courtesy Fabric Workshop and Museum)
World-renowned contemporary visual artist Yinka Shonibare is no stranger to Philadelphia.
The famed British artist of Nigerian descent opens a stunning exhibition and debuts new work at The Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with the opening of Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders today, Friday, January 24.
But he’s been here before, as an artist in residence at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in 2004.
To honor that residency, and complement the Barnes’ exhibition, The Fabric Workshop and Museum hosts an installation of Shonibare’s work Space Walk, for which he he created custom print designs for the textiles that clothe the astronauts in the sculpture.
A global citizen who makes art about global issues, Shonibare is well known for works that are political in subject and theme, but created with whimsy and parody, resulting a dynamic experience for the beholder.
Interested in taking in the dynamic work? Shonibare’s Space Walk can be seen for free anytime now through the spring, as it’s housed in the front window of The Fabric Workshop and Museum’s annex, The New Temporary Contemporary, a space right next door devoted to supplementary exhibitions and events.
At the Barnes, Shonibare’s Magic Ladders will be on view through April, and includes approximately 15 works, with the focus on vividly dressed life-size mannequins clothed in colorful Dutch-wax fabrics, that are produced in Europe but closely associated with African prints and patterns.
Don’t miss either opportunity to take in the works of this internationally renowned artist.
Yinka Shonibare MBE: Space Walk
When: Through early Spring
Where: The Fabric Workshop and Museum’s New Temporary Contemporary, 1222 Arch Street
More info: www.fabricworkshopandmuseum.org