Virgil Abloh is never one to do things by the status quo. The founder of Off-White™ and newly appointed Men’s Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton is also a DJ, and so frequently uses the Pioneer CDJ-2000NXS2 and DJM-900NXS2 combination. It seems as if the standard design of the hardware wasn’t quite enough for Abloh as he took it into his own hands for a new museum exhibit debuting soon.
From June 10 to September 22, 2019, Abloh will exhibit the NXS2 “skeleton” models at his first museum exhibition entitled “FIGURES OF SPEECH.” The “TRANSPARENT” CDJ-2000NXS2 and “TRANSPARENT” DJM-900NXS2 will be on show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Abloh’s hometown of Chicago.
“As a means to give a new look and feel to the industry standard of the CDJ and DJM I aimed to design a see-thru and non-labeled rendition of the classic models to inspire a different sound while DJing,” Abloh stated. “And perhaps a new way for music technology and human interaction to equal a different result.”
The exhibit opens to the public June 10. General admission is $15; teachers, students, and those over 65 will pay $8.