Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA)

Yinka Shonibare MBE: Talks at The New School

In Conversation with Nicholas Baume, Director of Public Art Fund at the New Art School, New York

Monday 5th March, 6.30pm : The New Art School, 63 Fifth Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets

Yinka Shonibare’s talk at The New School accompanies Public Art Fund’s upcoming exhibition, Wind Sculpture (SG) I, a new sculpture commissioned for Doris C. Freedman Plaza at the southeast entrance to Central Park. Created from fiberglass and covered with an intricate pattern, the 23-foot-tall sculpture will rise above the plaza, reminiscent of the untethered sail of a ship billowing in the breeze. Its unique, hand-painted pattern in turquoise, red, and orange — colors that the artist associates with his childhood on the beaches of Lagos — is inspired by Dutch wax batik print, which Shonibare has called the “perfect metaphor for multilayered identities”. This is the first work in a second generation of his celebrated Wind Sculpture series and continues Shonibare’s ongoing examination of the construction of cultural identity through the lens of colonialism. Wind Sculpture (SG) I will be on view March 7 – October 14, 2018 at Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park. 

For the Public Art Fund Talk at The New School, Shonibare will be in conversation with Nicholas Baume, Director and Chief Curator of Public Art Fund, who organized Wind Sculpture (SG) I.




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