The Hotspott: Virgil Abloh's "Figures of Speech" at MCA


The Museum of Contemporary Art

The Exhibition

The Museum of Contemporary Arts latest exhibition, Virgil Abloh’s “Figures of Speech,” explores the intersections and limits of artistic expression. The exhibition is entirely devoted to the work of Abloh, a Chicago native who has played a major role in defining the look and feel of today’s music and fashion. The MCA’s website calls Abloh a “genre-bending artist and designer,” because of his widespread cultural influences. At his core, Abloh is a tastemaker. Whether you have noticed it or not, his vision continues to impact the way we dress, the music we listen to, and the way we understand our generation. Figures of Speech is a must see for anyone interested in design, fashion, and the motivations behind these movements.

The exhibition is complemented by “Church and State,” a MCA x Virgil Abloh pop-up shop that offers some of Off-White’s best selling pieces as well as a handful of new and exclusive collections. All the items sold at “Church and State” are only available on-site.

The exhibition is further accompanied by an audio experience that details Abloh’s career, philosophy, and the creative process. The entire recording is available here.

Seven other exhibitions are currently on display at the MCA, showcasing themes of love, communication, image, nature, and more.

  • Jonathas de Andre: One to One (ends August 25)
    A collection of works from the Brazilian artist Jonathas de Andre inspired by the geography and culture of one of Brazil’s largest cities, Recife.

  • Can You Hear Me Now? (ends September 29)

  • Commons Artist Project: Brendan Fernandes, A Call And Response (ends October 13)

  • Prisoner of Love (ends October 20)

  • Fragments of a Crucifixion (ends November 3)

  • Atrium Project: Ellen Berkenblit (ends November 24)

  • Chicago Works: Assaf Evron (ends January 6)

The 2 events are “Dahlak Brathwaithe, Try/ Step/ Trip” and the free gallery tour “Cards Against Humanity: Late Night Writer’s Room.” If you find yourself near Water Tower Place in downtown Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art is a must visit.


The Museum of Contemporary Art, established in 1967, is one of the world’s largest contemporary art venues. “Figures of Speech” is a true homecoming story, one which situates Chicago as the backdrop and foundation of Abloh’s revolutionary movements. In line with Abloh’s story, Kanye West takes an important role in inspiring the art and the experience as a whole. The crowd consists primarily of design and fashion enthusiasts, from new-age HYPEBEASTS to devoted followers of Louis Vuitton, Kanye West, and Abloh himself.


Museum Hours

  • Mon 10 am–5 pm

  • Tue 10 am–9 pm

  • Wed–Thu 10 am–5 pm

  • Fri 10 am–9 pm

  • Sat–Sun 10 am–5 pm

Pop-Up Store Hours (“Church and State”)

  • Tue 10 am–9 pm

  • Wed–Thu 10 am–6 pm

  • Fri 10 am–9 pm

  • Sat–Mon 10 am–6 pm


  • MCA Members FREE

  • Adults $15

  • Students and Teachers $8

  • Seniors (65+) $8

Admission is free for Illinois residents on Tuesdays, year-round.

The Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611.

Other Museums and Exhibitions

“Wildlife Photographer of the Year” — The Field Museum

The Field Museum’s “Wildlife Photographer of The Year” exhibition showcases one hundred of the world’s most breathtaking wildlife photographs. This exhibit brings together the work of numerous photographers with very diverse backgrounds. Each shot is accompanied by a brief explanation of the story behind the photo which outlines the process and effort required to capture that specific moment. “Wildlife Photographer of the Yearis open until January 12, 2020.


Tara Donovan: “Fieldwork” — Smart Museum of Art

The University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art located in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood is perhaps one of the most unknown museums in the city, and that must change. The Smart Museum’s various collections showcase artwork of various genres and styles that cuts across time and space. The current featured exhibition is Tara Donovan’s “Fieldwork,” which centers on making ordinary, mundane objects into beautiful and thought-provoking pieces of artistic expression.


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