Public Engagement

General Public

Current Work: Theaster Gates

Monday, November 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The New School University Center , John L. Tishman Auditorium 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

The School of Constructed Environments at Parsons School of Design and The Architectural League’s "Current Work" series present significant international figures who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment. Artist Theaster Gates will present his work in a public lecture and conversation with architect Billie Tsien.

About the artist:

Theaster Gates is trained in urban planning, religious studies, and fine arts. He has developed an expanded practice that includes space development, object making, performance, and critical engagement with many publics. With Rebuild Foundation, Gates is spearheading numerous development projects in some of the most divested parts of his native Chicago. He is currently a professor in the University of Chicago’s Department of Visual Art and serves as Director of the school’s Arts + Public Life initiative, which seeks to “build creative connections on Chicago’s South Side through artist residencies, arts education, and artist-led projects and events.”

Hosted by: The Architectural League of New York

Co-sponsored by the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons School of Design and The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union.

Event Type

Lectures and Panel Discussions


General Public


Cities and Urbanism, Art and Design, Education and Learning, Intellectual Culture and Big Ideas, Nth Degree


New School students, faculty, and staff can secure their free ticket by registering directly through Eventbrite using the promotional code 'Parsons.' All students, faculty, and staff must present their current New School ID at the door. Tickets to the general public are available for purchase through Eventbrite for $15, beginning November 14, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., space-permitting.

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Bethany Camarati - Parsons - SCE

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