Monday, Apr 4, 2011 at 6pm
Join us as Theaster discusses the energy that he has put into new works over the last 2 years. He will talk about the relationship between his art practice, myth making and urban stewardship and how slippery these relationships are. He will engage the audience and discuss the challenges of the design industry with implications toward pedagogy and emerging practices. By the end of the night, he will create a new design firm with members of the audience.
If pressed to describe Theaster Gates’ work in one word, it would be “transformative.” In his performances, installations, and urban interventions, Gates—an artist, musician, and “cultural planner,” as well as director of arts program development for the University of Chicago—transforms spaces, relationships, traditions and perceptions.
Exploring architecture as a tool for mediation and meditation, Gates draws from both urbanism and art to provide what he terms “moments of interstitial beauty” in under-resourced neighborhoods throughout the midwest. His most recent Archive Project comprises two neighboring houses, completely rebuilt of donated and repurposed materials to create spaces for workshops, exhibitions, and other public events on topics of race, art, and politics.
Theaster is currently a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and is currently working on projects with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, Seattle Art Museum, Access community Health and his ongoing Dorchester Projects.
This event is free and open to the
public, but space is limited.
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