Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders

January 24–April 21, 2014

A British artist of Nigerian descent, Shonibare (b. 1962) creates work that cites the artistic and intellectual history of Europe. His sculptures—life-sized mannequins clothed in the Dutch wax fabrics associated with Africa—offer a dramatic, playful, irreverent examina­tion of identity, history, and politics.

This show focused on education, enlightenment, and opportunity, ideals embraced by Albert Barnes. It featured sculptures, paintings, photographs, an installation, and a commission. Catalogue by Gund Family Chief Curator Judith F. Dolkart.

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Past Exhibition Programs

Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders Member Preview
Wednesday–Friday, January 22–24

Yinka Shonibare in Conversation
Friday, January 24

Philadelphia Welcomes Yinka Shonibare
Friday, January 24

Young Professionals: Global Glam
Friday, January 31

First Friday! Global Patterns
Friday, February 7

Family Day Weekend
Sunday And Monday, February 15–16

Diversities in the Arts of the African Diaspora
Friday, February 28

African Textiles Past and Present
Sunday, March 23