Virgil Abloh is done taking questions.

The 38-year-old multi-hyphenate behind everything from sneakers to furniture is standing at the entrance of his first solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, titled “Figures of Speech,” and he’s swamped by reporters armed with queries about Kanye West and quotation marks.

“Have you guys seen the exhibit yet?” Abloh politely says in the middle of the scrum, while at the same time sending a subtle cue for everyone to walk in and leave him alone. “It’s two feet away. All these questions can be answered inside.”

“Figures of Speech”—which runs until September 22—closes a loop in Abloh’s career, chronicling his ascent from Kanye’s apprentice to accomplice and, finally, an aristocrat in his own right. It represents 15 years of streetwear, sneakers, music, and art. With his course coming full circle, Abloh is looking to help a new generation by diagramming his journey in a museum—something he never thought would’ve happened a couple of decades ago, much less be useful to anyone else.

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