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Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders

January 23 – April 20, 2014

About the Exhibition

A British artist of Nigerian descent, Yinka 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 Dr. Albert Barnes. It featured sculptures, paintings, photographs, an installation, and a commission. 

Catalogue by Gund Family Chief Curator Judith F. Dolkart.


Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders was supported by:

Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders was sponsored by:

This exhibition was made possible by these and other generous donors:

The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Agnes Gund, Jane and Leonard Korman, Jeanette and Joe, Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Exhibition Fund, and Miller Parker and Marjorie Ogilvie.

Support for the accompanying publication provided by James Cohan Gallery.

Support for the accompanying public programs provided by Stephen Friedman Gallery.

Accommodations for the artist provided by Hersha Hospitality.