Talk: A Tale of Today: Yinka Shonibare MBE

  • Edlis Neeson Theater
    First Floor, Accessible via the Griffin Entrance on Pearson Street
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Yinka Shonibare MBE, Party Time (detail), 2008/9. Fiberglass mannequins, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, leather boots, table, eight chairs, and other mixed-media. Approx. 187 × 180 inches. Newark Museum, Purchase 2010 Helen McMahon Brady Cutting Fund, Image © Yinka Shonibare MBE, courtesy James Cohan, New York.


A compelling panel discussion explores the provocative art of British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE through the lens of social history. Shonibare’s impactful work draws on history, politics, and fashion to explore and critique our understanding of the past in relation to today’s changing global-cultural landscape.

This program is presented in partnership with the Richard H. Driehaus Museum on the opening day of their exhibition A Tale of Today: Yinka Shonibare MBE. Tickets are available through the Driehaus Museum, and include admission to the exhibition A Tale of Today: Yinka Shonibare MBE on the date of the discussion.

MCA Talks highlight cutting-edge thinking and contemporary art practices across disciplines and are organized by Curator of Public Programs January Parkos Arnall and Assistant Curator of Public Programs Christy LeMaster.