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 the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he was introduced to a curriculum, originally established by Mies van der Rohe. A curriculum which was formed from the notions of Bauhaus, that enabled Virgil Abloh to learn 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.
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.
In large part, “Figures of Speech” is an art exhibition rooted in advertising and “the projected image”.
Anytime an idea hits a particular surface; a photo print, a screen, a billboard or canvas, it seems like fact. This exhibition demonstrates myself wrestling with this concept within the freedom of mediums while finding personal solutions.
This 15-year study is looking for a way to transform from consumer to producer. This is an intersection where the tourists and purists cross paths. The atmosphere is literal and figurative.
various exhibition views series ~ exhibition book and catalog link in bio.
“Figures of Speech” @mcachicago.
open to the public June 10th ©2019
Tiga & The Martinez Brothers – Blessed (Virgil Abloh FutureJazz Remix) [Turbo]
Boys Noize & Virgil Abloh – Orvnge [Boysnoize Records]
Virgil Abloh Feat Serpent With Feet – Delicate Limbs [White Label]
The Roots – Push Up Ya Lighter [Geffen Records]
The Roots – Clones (Instrumental) [DGC]
Octavian – Party Here [White Label]
Dizzee Rascal – Seems 2 Be [XL Recordings]
Mura Masa – Wave [Anchor Point]
Kanye West – Say You Will [Roc-A-Fella Records]
Matty – Verocai [Matty Unlimited]
Virgil Abloh – Blush [White Label]
\\Virgil Abloh Mix//
Peter Seville Interview ShowStudio excerpt with Lou Stoppard
BadBadNotGood “Untitled” recorded live in Paris France opening song of Virgil Abloh Louis Vuitton show 2018
Peven Everett – Feelin You In And Out (Shelter Mix) [Symple Soul]
Tiga & The Martinez Brothers – Blessed (Virgil Abloh FutureJazz Remix) [White Label]
Mafia Boyz – Bhengi Yokhalpiha [White Label]
Colta x Patrick Brian – Grunt [Terrorhythm Recordings]
Tin Man – Viscocity Acid [Global A]
Frankie Knuckles – Baby Wants to Ride [D.J. International Records]
\\Dondi White Interview//
K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas – Adam Nana”Extract of David Shrigley interview “Advice to the Young [White Label]
Gesaffelstein – A Pledge [Parlophone France]
James Blake – Love Me In Whatever Way [Polydor]
Virgil Abloh – Blush [White Label]
Extract of JOHN BERGER “WAYS OF SEEING” episode 1 (BBC4, 1972)
Jazzanova – Hanazono [Jazzanova Compost Records]
BadBadNotGood “IV” recorded live in Paris, France – closing song of Virgil Abloh Louis Vuitton show 2018
Virgil Abloh featuring Serpent With Feet – Delicate Limbs [White Label]
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.