Arts Calendar

Jan. 13 - Mar. 24
Tue-Sun 10 am-5 pm
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents FOCUS: Yinka Shonibare MBE
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, TX

Ticket Price: $10 adults $4 students/seniors
Shonibare explores colonialism and the intricate ways in which it has shaped, and continues to shape, cultural identities. He is well known for his life-size sculptural tableaux featuring staged, headless mannequins dressed in elaborate period garments. In these works, the materials and designs of the original clothing are replaced with batik, a colorful and ornately patterned fabric. The story of batik itself speaks to the notion of colonization and its effects: it originated in Indonesia; then, by way of imperial explorers, it was introduced to West Africa, where it was appropriated and now has its strongest associations; and indeed its greatest exporters are not in Africa at all, but are Dutch and British. By presenting his version of historical (often white, European) figures dressed in batik, Shonibare "Africanizes" the subjects, subversively pointing out a multitude of deep-rooted mythologies, falsehoods, and prejudices that complicate the dominant narrative of history and identity. For information: 817.738.9215 or www.themodern.org

 

 

 

 

 

 



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