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Theaster Gates

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I first visited the Stony Island Arts Bank about six months ago, on an unseasonably warm Saturday afternoon in April. As I approached the building, I was struck first by the sunlight slanting through its massive stone columns, second by how much it stood out from its surroundings. It looked as if the Field Museum had a child—a rebellious teenager—who snuck away from Chicago’s Museum Campus in the middle of the night to start a new life on a sleepy South Side street. And, in a sen... [more]
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Theaster Gates: Space is the Place   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Theaster Gates at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) May 18th, 2013 - October 6th, 2013
Posted 8/30/13
Artist. Entrepreneur. Potter. Bureaucrat. Singer. Arts Administrator. Host. Urban Planner. Collector. The list could go on and on, but the take away from all these labels might be that Theaster Gates is hard to pinpoint or define. Because his practice combines so many disparate disciplines and mediums, it's counter productive to try and categorize the work he does, and the work he makes. Up until now, that hasn’t been too much of an issue—he’s fit comfortably in the trending, self-ref... [more]
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Preservation Hall   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Theaster Gates at Seattle Art Museum December 9th, 2011 - July 1st, 2012
Posted 12/13/11
Last Thursday, I attended the opening of Theaster Gates' new project at the Seattle Art Museum, The Listening Room, not quite knowing what to expect. As the recipient of the Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Fellowship for 2011-2012, Gates was given a room in the museum, a cash prize, and a mandate to pursue his practice however he saw fit. Gates is interdisciplinary enough that anything might be possible. In the past his work has used urban planning, community organizing, architecture, music, performanc... [more]
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Zachary Cahill, Theaster Gates, Matthew Paul Jinks, Aspen Mays, Cauleen Smith at Roots & Culture February 19th, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Posted 3/6/11
An artist now plays many roles outside the traditional definition of their vocation.   As educators, interpreters, critics and activists they lend their voice to issues of concern, controversy and history, bringing intellectual and generational interests to the forefront of contemporary culture.    Roots and Culture’s current exhibition, "Instruments of Resurrection", includes work from artists who act in all of these roles, including artist-as-collector. I’m not referring to the type of collecting fe... [more]
Chicago, May 2010 -- Theaster Gates was one of several Chicago-based artists included in the 2010 Whitney Biennial. If you missed his work there (Cosmology of the Yard, 2010), there's still time to see his solo exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum, "To Speculate Darkly: Theaster Gates and Dave the Potter" (April 16 - August 1, 2010) or his work included in the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston's "Hand + Made: The Performative Impulse in Art and Craft" (May 15 - July 25, 2010). Theaster Gates' prac... [more]
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