Sir David Adjaye in conversation with Yesomi Umolu
Sir David Adjaye and Yesomi Umolu, Exhibitions Curator at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, will discuss Adjaye’s long-standing engagement with art and artists – as designer and collaborator. Projects range from early commissions – such as Chris Ofili’s London home and studio and the tent designed for the inaugural Frieze Art Fair in Regent’s Park in 2003 – to exhibition design – including ‘All the World’s Futures’ at the 2015 Venice Biennale, curated by Owkui Enwezor – and civic buildings – from Rivington Place in Shoreditch (completed 2007) to the $540 million Smithsonian Institute National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), which opened on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in September 2016. The result of over a century of efforts to commemorate African American history in the US capital, the NMAAHC has a distinct corona shape based on elements of the nearby Washington Monument and is wrapped in a ornamental bronze lattice that references historical African American craftsmanship.
Adjaye Associates’ prominent ongoing commissions include a new home for the Studio Museum Harlem, New York, and the Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art, Riga.
Yesomi Umolu recent curatorial projects include ‘Kapwani Kiwanga: The Sum and Its Parts’ and the international group show ‘So-called Utopias’. She received an MA in architectural design from the University of Edinburgh before studying curating at the Royal College of Art, London.