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Theaster Gates

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Lives in
Chicago, Illinois

Works in


Representing galleries

Upcoming Exhibitions and Events
May, 2015 Thief Among Thieves
May, 2015 Thief Among Thieves


2010 Cosmology of Yard, Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Resurrecting Dave, Solo Exhibition, Milwaukee Art Museum
John Michael Kohler Arts in Industry Residency
Just a Closer Walk With Thee, Toward a Legendary Black Clay Superhero, Contemporary
Arts Museum, Houston, TX

2009 On Another Note: Extractions from the Chicago Jazz Archive Collection, DOVA Temporary, Chicago, IL
Temple Exercises, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Erogenous Wonder, An Installation, Salvage One, Chicago, IL
Shacks, Sheds, and Other Small Spaces, Lecture, Univ. of No. Carolina, Charlotte, NC
Arts and Activism in St. Louis, Detroit, and Chicago”, Lecture, Little Black Pearl Art &
Design Center, Chicago, IL
The Dorchester Project, Symposium: Accidental Publics”, Lecture, Northwestern
University, Chicago, IL
To Be Pocket: Militaristic Effeminacy, The 'Hood' and Adorno’s Last Sermon, or, It’s Over
When The Black Marching Band Goes Home”, Lect., Our Literal Speed, Chicago, IL
Why Make Art Now, Performance Studies Lecture, School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL
Unpacking Yamaguchi, Myth, Ecstasy and the Black Church”, Lecture, School of the Art
Institute, Chicago, IL
Black Monks of Mississippi, Performance, South Side Community Art Center, Chicago, IL
Holiness in 3 Parts, Performance, Boots Contemporary Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Black Monks and the Gospel of Black, Performance, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven,
Symposium on Contemporary Painting, Performance, Univ. of Ill., Champaign-Urbana, IL

2008 Black Monks and the Gospel of Black, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven , Netherlands
Black Monks of Mississippi, If You See Jesus Tell Him Where I Am, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago
Branded Alongside the Cabinet of Curiosities, Milwaukee Art Museum, Video Installation
Chipstone Foundation Estate, Contemporary Response to the Plantation Cabinet, circa 1782, Milwaukee, WI
Tea Shacks, Collard Greens and the Preservation of Soul. Center for the Proliferation of Afro-Asian Artifacts, Chicago
Dinner Intervention, Culture Community #1 meets Culture Community #2, Chicago
Representations Series, Talking Series concentrated on the concerns and thoughts of contemporary artists of color, in partnership with the Experimental Station and Illinois Humanities Council
Yamaguchi in Residence, Experimental Station, Chicago, 1 year, ongoing lifestyle performance.

2007 Artists Connect, Performance Lecture, 16th Century Japanese Aesthetics, Art Institute, Chicago
Uprising, Voice, Violin and Cello; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago
Yamaguchi Institute, Plate Convergence, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago
Recreation of the Candy “Stow,” Acquisition and renovation of a small South Side commercial building for dinner interventions, recycled materials, local labor, Chicago
Storied Toy: The Emotional and Imaginative Relationship Between a Boy and His Toys (plus a few other things), University of Northern Iowa

2006 Dinner at 7, Collaboration with Chef, Maripa Abella, Wood-fired Sculpture, Rodan Restaurant, Chicago
Dinner 1, Korean Presbyterian Minister and My Black Baptist Pastor, Chicago
In Memory of Qualls, Voice and Dance, Chicago
Speaking of Passage: Two Artists i n the Conversation of Migration, Collaboration with Taiwanese Poet, Kelly Tsai
Life After Qualls, African American Artists Respond to the works of Michael Quall s. Performance and Sculpture of South Side Community Arts Center, Chicago
Dave; Neo-Slave Narratives and Contemporary Black Identity-I made this Pot. Performance Lecture, Paris, France
Green Line; A Journey from the West side to the Southside; 3 artists respond to Class and Transportation, Chicago
Un-housed. Gentrification and the constant need for Space, Architecture and design conference, Chicago

2005 Kissing under the Camponile: Homophilia and the Yellow Tower, Iowa State University
Dave the Enslaved Potter with Monday Michiru, Chicago 2005
Rachmaninoff and the Slave Spiritual, Piano, Violin and Voice, Ames, IA, 2005
The American Negro; Too good to be true, St. George Cathedral, Cape town, South Africa, 2000
The Planner Activist, Iowa State University, 2005
People of the Mud, An exhibition of 15 ceramic artists, Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago
Mississippi Houses Inax Ceramic Museum, Tokaname Japan
Facing Fuji 10 Sculptors i n Japan, Tokoname Museum of Ceramic History, Tokonme, Japan
Theaster Gates, Solo Exhibition Yakimono Ceramics Exhibition, Tokoname, Japan

Iowa State University, B.S. Urban Planning, Sculpture
University of Cape Town, M.A., Fine Arts, Religious Studies
Iowa State University, M.S. Urban Planning, Public Sculpture, Religious Studies

University of Chicago, Department of Visual Arts
Experimental Station, Chicago, IL
Monk Parakeet, Chicago, IL

Percent for Art Program, Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago, IL
International Workshop for Ceramic Artists, Tokoname, Japan
Center for Race Politics and Culture, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
DeFabriek Artist Space, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Recent Exhibits

Theaster Gates participated in these exhibits:

Dec, 2014 Impulse, Reason, Sense, Conflict.: Abstract Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection
CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation)
Nov, 2014 Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art
Studio Museum in Harlem
Oct, 2014 Prospect.3: Notes for Now
Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans
Oct, 2014 Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence
The Menil Collection
Aug, 2014 Variations: Conversations in and Around Abstract Painting
LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Aug, 2014 When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South
Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale
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