From the day it was first announced as a stop, I wanted to view the Virgil Abloh retrospective, “Figures of Speech” at the Brooklyn Museum. I originally wanted to squeeze it in as a stop after an earlier trip to Washington DC. However, it was not meant to be then. It needed to happen now, in December 2022, before going to Paris. The incredible theme of black art and the power of blackness through art has been so vital in my creative journey this year.
What I appreciated most is the intention – active intention – that Abloh had. Black people weren’t seen as tokens. But as rightful contributors to culture.This installation was delicate and resoundingly beautiful. It allowed me to see the Louis Vuitton brand and what Abloh brought to it, with more depth and more spellbinding brilliance. His work with Off White and moving toward the opportunities presented at LV…
To be in the collective presence of Virgil’s work —
To feel and physically be in the presence of his legacy —
On the house of Louis Vuitton and as a innovative, forward thinking artist —
It was a profound moment of meaning and appreciation for me.
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