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Trade & Transformation

Oct 18, 2023 - Dec 30, 2023

October 12, 2023 Ambassador Circle Opening
October 13, 2023 Member Opening
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Every object holds a story.

Across time and cultures, makers have embedded the objects they create with diverse histories and understandings. When these objects are traded between cultures and across continents, people have the opportunity to encounter different perceptions of the world, creating bridges towards new understandings.

Trade & Transformation examines the intersections of contemporary artwork by global artists and historical objects across the Philbrook collections. Tracing the stories held within these objects, the exhibition is an opportunity to explore cross-cultural and trans-continental relationships, experiences, intentions, and implications.


Image Credit:
Yeesookyung (South Korean, b. 1963). Translated Vase 2018 TVG 4, 2018. Ceramic shards, epoxy, and 24K gold leaf, 40 × 30 × 30″. Tia Collection, Santa Fe, NM. ©️ Yeesookyung

Nick Cave (American, b. 1959). Soundsuit, 2021. Mixed Media (vintage ceramic birds, wire, beads, fabric, metal, and mannequin), 98 1/2 × 46 × 42″. Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Museum purchase, Taber Art Fund, 2022.3 a-f. ©️ Nick Cave. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Yinka Shonibare CBE (British-Nigerian, b. 1962). Bling Painting, 2013. Acrylic on Dutch wax printed cotton textile, toys adorned with colored diamantes, and metallic gold emulsion, 98 3/8 × 244 1/8 × 2 3/4″. Tia Collection, Santa Fe, NM. ©️ Yinka Shonibare CBE. All Rights Reserved, DACS/ ARS, NY 2023