Born in Rockford, Illinois U.S.A. in 1980 – Virgil Abloh is an artist, architect, and fashion designer.
After earning a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he completed a Master’s degree in Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
It was here at Illinois Institute of Technology, where he was introduced to their curriculum that was built from the notions of Bauhaus, which was originally established by Mies van der Rohe, that he learned how to converge the fields of arts, craft, and design.
Those notions merged with contemporary culture make up his inter-disciplinary practice today; stemming from his last 15 years, which is summarized below.
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2019
Chicago

Lecture in Chicago with Hamza Walker for 3rd year Master of Fine Arts course at the Art Institute Chicago. Topics centered around the mode of art production irrelevant to final space.

Drawing lines from Detroit Techno to Miles Davis and Travis Scott, while using my exhibition titled “Figures of Speech” as the backdrop for the discussion.


Gilles Peterson with Virgil Abloh
2018
BACK TO THE BODY: HUMAN- ORIENTED FORMS IN ART, DESIGN, AND ARCHITECTURE, PRESENTED BY THERME ART PROGRAM
Miami

The absence of nature in our cities can be seen as a reflection of the disconnection we are experiencing with our bodies. How can we reconnect with ourselves through art, design and architecture? How can art re-program our current self-perceptions?

Panelists: Virgil Abloh, Grace Wales Bonner, Torkwase Dyson, Arthur Jafa, Francis Kéré, Hans Ulrich Obrist (Moderator). Presented as part of Therme Forum at Design Miami/ 2018.



2017
Columbia University: “Everything In Quotes”


Harvard Lecture: “Insert Complicated Title Here”


Rhode Island School of Design: “Theoretically Speaking”