The three pieces I chose to interpret were; "Dressing Down" by Yinka Shonibare, "Saphyr (Variation V)" by Tobi Kahn, and "Portraits of the Locksley Shea Gallery" by Andy Warhol. All three are contemporary pieces and are vastly different, two are three dimensional while the Warhol piece is not.
Placement of the first piece would be "Dressing Down", then "Saphyr (Variation V)" placed in the middle with Shea afterward, all lined up. When placed in context with other objects it relates to it is very obvious that "Saphyr (Variation V)"'s content is related to Judaism, this is how it is displayed at the MIA. This would rip it out of the normality of that display and make the viewer look at it as more of an abstract and contemporary sculpture when placed next to Shonibare's dress. The hard metallic forms in the piece would also create a stark contrast with vibrant color palette that is found on either side in the other two works. It could be interpreted as some sort of barrier or give off an industrial feel. A connection could then be drawn through all three pieces that they have a manufactured feel. Warhol's unoriginal repeated portraits screen printed and painted onto the canvas and Shonibare also uses screen printing which can often be associated with mass production to create a very unique textile. In closing the general goal of the setup was to tear away the original meanings of the Tobi Kahn piece and begin to interpret it with preconceptions from the other two.
wax printed cotton, crinoline
Saphyr (Variation V)
wood, acrylic pigment
Portraits of the Locksley Shea Gallery