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Gallery Presentation for Theaster Gates: A Way of Working

Gallery Presentation for Theaster Gates: A Way of Working

Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
General Public 

Gallery Presentation
September 18–October 5, 2013
Open daily 12:00–6:00 p.m., and late on Thursday evening until 8:00 p.m.

Opening Celebration
September 18, 5:00–6:30 p.m.

The New School’s Vera List Center and Sheila C. Johnson Design Center present Theaster Gates: A Way of Working, a gallery presentation and series of events on the artist's prize-winning work, Dorchester ProjectsCurated with support by Theaster Gates, recipient of the inaugural Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics, the gallery presentation offers a view  into how the artist develops synergies within his far-reaching work, and examines the complex ways of creating and maintaining an expanded studio practice rooted in institutional engagement, object making, and the production of space. Gates is globally renowned for his genre-defying explorations of community, history, race, and politics.

The gallery presentation of Theaster Gates: A Way of Working includes excerpts of works or project series from Gates' studio, including sculpture, drawing, installation and video. Rather than explore the chronological development of Gates' work, the presentation focuses on the uniquely non-linear nature of his methods of working, thinking, and creating. Project elements include a rickshaw inspired by recent trips to Haiti and Mexico, related to his Dorchester Projects; drawings; video; and a large-scale organizational chart mapping the various elements of this expanded studio practice.

A bold American artist with a global vision, Gates expands the discourse of political enfranchisement and social inclusion. He began Dorchester Projects in 2008, transforming two formerly abandoned buildings on Chicago's South Side into alternative cultural spaces that house an art and architecture library, slide archive, and record collection. In 2012, Gates opened the Black Cinema House, where programming highlights the work of films by and about people of color. The ongoing and ever-expanding project provides new models for culture-driven reinvestment in underserved communities.­

Events for Theaster Gates: A Way of Working 

Wednesday, September 18, 10:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 19, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

Artist Lecture
September 18, 7:00–8:30 p.m.
The New School, Tishman Auditorium
66 West 12th Street

Gallery Presentation
September 19–October 5, 2013
Open daily 12:00–6:00 pm, and late on Thursday evenings until 8:00 pm
Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Parsons The New School for Design
66 Fifth Avenue

Theaster Gates: A Way of Working is part of the program initiatives of the inaugural Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics. It is curated by Carin Kuoni, Director/Curator, Vera List Center for Art and Politics, and Chelsea Haines, Curatorial Associate. The gallery installation is presented in collaboration with Theaster Gates, with support from Kate Hadley Williams, Studio and Exhibitions Manager for Theaster Gates, La Keisha Leek, Artist Liaison for Rebuild Foundation, and the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons The New School for Design. Additional support is provided by Parsons’ Curatorial Design Research Lab, and by White Cube, London. Special thanks to Yoko Ono. Founding Supporters of the Prize are James-Keith Brown and Eric Diefenbach, Elizabeth Hilpman and Byron Tucker, Jane Lombard, Joshua Mack, and The New School for Public Engagement.

Visit the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center for more information on location and opening hours.

Image: Theaster Gates, Dorchester Projects (2008–ongoing), Chicago. Photo by James W. Toftness.

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