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Theaster Gates giving his lecture An Epitaph for Civil Rights and Other Domesticated Structures at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. June 20, 2011. Video credit: Hannah Schulman.
Theaster Gates giving his lecture An Epitaph for Civil Rights and Other Domesticated Structures at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. June 20, 2011. Video credit: Hannah Schulman.
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Theaster Gates: An Epitaph for Civil Rights and Other Domesticated Structures

June 20, 2011–at 7:00 pm

Performance and Reception:
Lecture, Monday, June 20, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Reception starting at 6:00 pm
 

The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) in collaboration with Art Sanctuary, the Asian Arts Initiative, and Taller Puertorriqueño, presented a lecture by Theaster Gates, An Epitaph For Civil Rights and Other Domesticated Structures, on Monday, June 20th 2011.

Theaster Gates (Chicago, IL) is an artist, musician, and "cultural planner," as well as Director of Arts Program Development at the University of Chicago. The artist has described his practice as being "transformative," converting spaces, institutions, traditions, and perceptions through his performances, installations, and urban interventions.

In blending performance art, urban planning and design, and traditional fine art making, Gates presents a platform for communities to understand how to successfully sustain themselves. This approach enables Gates to present challenging issues in new ways to engage a community. Gates is committed to the restoration of poor black neighborhoods by converting abandoned buildings into cultural spaces that allow not only new cultural moments to occur in unexpected places, but raise the city's expectations of where "place-making" happens and why. Using art as a tool for social change gives Gates an opportunity to practice urban planning without having to be part of an institution, and allows him to share his spirit and love with the community.

Theaster Gates received his B.S. from Iowa State University in 1996 in Urban Planning and Ceramics; a M.A. from University of Cape Town in 1998 in Fine Arts and Religious Studies; and in 2006, a M.S. from Iowa State University in Urban Planning, Ceramics, and Religious Studies. Currently a Loeb Fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gates has received awards from the Joyce Foundation and the Graham Foundation. He has performed and exhibited at the 2010 Whitney Biennial; the Milwaukee Art Museum; Brunno David Gallery and Pulitzer Museum of Art in St. Louis; the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston; Seattle Art Museum, WA; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI. Theaster Gates is represented by Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN.