Did you get the chance to see Outkast during this summer's great revival tour? If not, you missed out. If so, you were probably wondering about that weird black jumpsuit André 3000 wore with the cryptic message on it.
Always a pillar of unique and thoughtful style, André 3000 wore 47 different jumpsuits, one for each stop of the tour, and he wrote those messages in response to each day's super-saturated, Internet-driven media cycle.
Now, during Art Basel Miami Beach week, fans will finally get the chance to see all 47 put on public display as part of the mixed-media exhibit "i feel ya: SCAD + Andre 3000 Benjamin," coming to Mana Wynwood, from Wednesday, December 3, through Sunday, December 14.
The "i feel ya" exhibit is not the rapping, acting fashion icon's inaugural project with the Savannah College of Art and Design. Somewhat ironically, the kid who dropped out of high school has gone on to be a strong supporter of SCAD's Collaborative Learning Center.
"As I initially thought about displaying this collection, I immediately knew that I wanted to work with my longtime collaborative partners at SCAD," André 3000 writes in a statement. "The diverse group of people that come to Miami for Art Basel Miami Beach are the right audience to see this for the first time."
By displaying his 47 jumpsuits and other work, Andre 3000 and his friends hope to spark a conversation about culture, media, and our place amid it all.
The exhibit will also feature Trumpets, a film from SCAD alumnus Greg Brunkalia and produced at SCAD's sound studio. Inspired by André 3000's messages, two projectors will cast words and phrases on to a screen in random order, allowing each audience to experience the film in its own unique way.
Topping it off, the messages also inspired large abstract paintings from Jimmy O'Neal, whose work has been shown all around the world since he graduated from SCAD's illustration program in 1989.
So come for the Outkast. But stay for the thoughtful and creative commentary.
After its Miami debut during Art Basel Miami Beach week, "i feel ya: SCAD + André 3000 Benjamin" will also be on view at the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia, in the summer of 2015.
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"i feel ya: SCAD + Andre 3000 Benjamin." Featuring works from André 3000 of Outkast, Greg Bunkalia, and Jimmy O'Neal. Curated by SCAD's executive director of exhibitions Laurie Ann Farrell. Wednesday, December 3, through Sunday, December 14. Mana Miami, 318 NW 23rd St.., Miami. The exhibit is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from December 3 to 7, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from December 8 to 14.
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