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 Past Exhibition

Pattern ID

January 28–May 8, 2011

Kemper Museum

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Artists have increasingly turned to pattern and dress as a language with which to communicate who they are and where they originate. The experiences of culture clash, immigration, and multi-ethnicity in our globalized world have driven artists to use this visual language to chart their personal and communal histories. Pattern ID, organized by the Akron Art Museum, Ohio, features works by fifteen artists, including Mark Bradford, Lalla Essaydi, Yinka Shonibare, and Kehinde Wiley.

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Above: Yinka Shonibare, Three Graces, 2001; three life-size fiberglass mannequins, Dutch wax printed cotton, dimensions variable; Collection of the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, purchased with funds from the Alice Speed Stoli Accessions Trust, Image Courtesy of the Speed Art Museum