NYC Artist Date: Brooklyn Museum

I woke up on Sunday morning feeling so happy to live in New York City. My plans were simple, go to church at 10am and a Date at 12:30pm. This date was not your typical date, it was an artist date at the Brooklyn Museum.

What is an Artist Date?

According to Julia Cameron, The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly “artistic” — think mischief more than mastery. Artist Dates fire up the imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play. Since art is about the play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing our inner well of images and inspiration. When choosing an Artist Date, it is good to ask yourself, “what sounds fun?” — and then allow yourself to try it.

As a creative, living in New York City I am blessed to have access to an abundance of experiences for my Artist Dates and I do my best not to take that for granted. In my experience, scheduling an artist date on my calendar with a time and date makes it easier to keep the appointment. With that in mind, I reserved a ticket for the 12:30 session of the Virgil Abloh ™ Figures of Speech exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum.

Why is the Virgil Abloh ™ Exhibit Called “Figures of Speech”?

The exhibition puts a big emphasis on dialogue, which Abloh implemented through his inventive use of language and quotation marks. This turns the objects he designed and the people who wear his clothing into “figures of speech”. 


With Cocoa by CeCe and my upcoming plus size fashion collection, I’ve been super focused on my own creative work. I’m two weeks away from Fashion Week and I’m in the thick of it, my clothing line dreams are *thisclose* to coming true and I want everything to be perfect… which can stifle my creativity sometimes.

Going to an exhibition like this gave me the chance to step into someone else’s imagination and leave my creative world behind for a bit and that felt really good.

I brought my camera to play with and my “don’t wait on your weight” notebook to jot down little ideas as they came to me.

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Virgil Abloh ™ Figures of Speech. Photo: CeCe Olisa

Virgil Abloh ™ Figures of Speech. Photo: CeCe Olisa

Who Designed Serena Williams’ Tutu dress for the US Open?

Virgil Abloh in collaboration with Nike. Abloh collaborated closely with tennis player Serena Williams to create an outfit for her appearance in the 2018 US Open tournament.

Virgil Abloh ™ Figures of Speech. Photo: CeCe Olisa

I’ve been thinking a lot about self actualization.

What does Self Actualization Mean?

Self Actualization is the realization or fulfillment of one’s talents and potentialities.
Understanding that Virgil Abloh died at 41 is a reminder that we should make the most of our time here on earth. We should do our best not to defer our dreams. We should find ways to make impact in our communities.  We’ll discuss Self Actualization more in my February journal.
Until then,

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