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Theaster Gates with his work So Bitter, This Curse of Darkness (2019) in the exhibition Theaster Gates: Amalgam at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2019. Artwork © Theaster Gates. Photo: © Palais de Tokyo, Paris

In Conversation

Theaster Gates, Grace Wales Bonner, and Michael Ralph

Thursday, December 12, 2019, 4:30–6:30pm
Museum of Liverpool, England
www.tate.org.uk

On the occasion of Theaster Gates: Amalgam, opening on December 13 at Tate Liverpool, England, the artist will speak with fashion designer Grace Wales Bonner and Michael Ralph, associate professor and director of Africana studies at New York University. The trio will discuss how Gates’s art transforms places and aims to improve the lives of the people who live there. The artist will also share his thoughts about his ongoing artistic endeavors on questions of land ownership, displacement, and interracial relationships. The event has reached capacity.

Theaster Gates with his work So Bitter, This Curse of Darkness (2019) in the exhibition Theaster Gates: Amalgam at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2019. Artwork © Theaster Gates. Photo: © Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Richard Prince, Untitled, 2018 © Richard Prince

Auction

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
2019 Benefit Art Auction

Live auction: Saturday, November 16, 2019, 8:30pm
Silent auction: November 1–16, 2019
Preview: November 12–16, 2019
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
mcachicago.org

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents its annual Benefit Art Auction on Saturday, November 16, with a cocktail reception and viewing of the available works, followed by a seated dinner and live auction. Works by leading artists, including Virgil AblohTheaster GatesTakashi MurakamiRichard PrinceSarah Sze, and Christopher Wool, have been donated. All proceeds support MCA programs and exhibitions. For information on works in the live or silent auctions, visit artsy.netTo attend the event, purchase tickets at mcachicago.org.

Richard Prince, Untitled, 2018 © Richard Prince

The Extreme Present

Exhibition

The Extreme Present

Opening reception: Tuesday, December 3, 5–8pm
December 4–8, 2019
Moore Building, Miami

Gagosian is pleased to announce The Extreme Present, the fifth in a series of annual exhibitions at the Moore Building in the Miami Design District during Art Basel Miami Beach, presented by Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch. The Extreme Present will explore artists’ reactions to the conditions of our accelerating and increasingly complex world. The title is inspired by The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present, a book by Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, published in 2015. Their provocative thesis addresses the rapidly evolving digital era, half a century after Marshall McLuhan’s groundbreaking study on technology’s influence on culture, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, in which he coined the phrase “the medium is the message.” Works in this exhibition explore concepts of media, communication, togetherness, and isolation.

Download the full press release (PDF)

The Extreme Present

Theaster Gates. Photo: Rankin

Screening and Talk

Theaster Gates
Dance of Malaga

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 7–8:30pm
Getty Center, Los Angeles
www.getty.edu

To conclude the Getty Scholar Year Symposium on the theme of monumentality, keynote presenter Theaster Gates—current artist-in-residence at the Getty Research Institute—will screen his recent film Dance of Malaga (2019). The film is a monument to the people of Malaga Island, Maine, and a meditation on love and race in America. The screening will be followed by a conversation with the Research Institute’s deputy director, Andrew Perchuk. To attend the free event, reserve tickets at tickets.getty.edu.

Theaster Gates. Photo: Rankin

Theaster Gates. Photo: Julian Salinas

Symposium

Theaster Gates
Vision and Justice: A Convening

April 25–26, 2019
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
www.radcliffe.harvard.edu

Theaster Gates is participating in “Vision and Justice,” a two-day creative gathering that will consider the role of the arts in understanding the nexus of art, race, and justice. The program will emphasize short presentations, with the goal of outlining and catalyzing ideas for future work in art and justice around the country and the world. To attend the free event, register at www.boxoffice.harvard.edu. To live-stream the event, visit www.radcliffe.harvard.edu.

Theaster Gates. Photo: Julian Salinas

Photo: Andre Wagner

Visit

Black Artists Retreat 2019
Sonic Imagination

October 11–12, 2019
Park Avenue Armory, New York
www.armoryonpark.org

Theaster Gates will host his renowned Black Artists Retreat for the first time outside of Chicago. This iteration of the retreat, which Gates conceived of as re-creating the kind of public-spirited dialogue that the artist associates with the civil-rights movement of the 1960s, includes a public celebration with roller-skating, DJs, and performers amid an installation of some of the artist’s famous “housebergs”—7-foot-tall sculptural disco balls shaped like icebergs. To attend the event, purchase tickets at www.armoryonpark.org

Photo: Andre Wagner

Announcements

Theaster Gates, america, america, 2019 (detail) © Theaster Gates

Commission

Theaster Gates
Chicago Transit Authority

In April 2019, the Chicago Transit Authority unveiled two new works by Theaster Gates, commissioned for the recently completed 95th/Dan Ryan station, located at the southernmost end of the city’s Red Line. With america, america (2019), a pair of large tapestries made from decommissioned fire hoses, on display in the station’s South Terminal, the artist aims to formally materialize the history of the civil rights struggle in the US and to acknowledge that the work of equity and equality is an ongoing effort carried on not by one person but by all.

Theaster Gates, america, america, 2019 (detail) © Theaster Gates

Photo: Sara Polley

New Representation

Theaster Gates

Gagosian is pleased to announce the representation of Theaster Gates. In a single decade, Gates has incubated compelling new models for legacy building, social transformation, and making art. Encompassing sculpture, painting, ceramics, video, performance, and music, his art both derives from and sustains ambitious urban renewal projects—creating hubs and archives for Black culture, which serve as catalysts for discussions on race, equality, space, and history. Aspects of Gates’s oeuvre suggest the almost shamanic role of worker and artisan, where the power of the unseen is harnessed and manifested in the ordinary and everyday. In his abstract compositions made out of new and used roofing materials—tar, rubber, slate—working-class labor, ritual, and formalism intersect and are imbued with religious potency.

Download the press release in English (PDF) or French (PDF)

Photo: Sara Polley

Theaster Gates, Bono, and David Adjaye. Photo: Rankin

Auction

(RED) Auction

Live auction: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Online auction: November 12–December 7, 2018
Exhibition: December 1–7, 2018
Moore Building, Miami

Gagosian is pleased to announce the third (RED) Auction to support the fight against AIDS, organized in partnership with (RED) and Sotheby’s.

Bono, the driving force behind (RED), invited artist Theaster Gates and architect Sir David Adjaye to cocurate a selection of contemporary art and design that will be auctioned by Sotheby’s on December 5, 2018, during Art Basel in Miami Beach and Design Miami/ 2018. Gagosian will present a preview exhibition of the works at the famed Moore Building in Miami, which will open on World AIDS Day, December 1.

Artists donating works include Ai Weiwei, Christo, Rachel Feinstein, Teresita Fernández, Frank Gehry, Jennifer Guidi, Sir Jony Ive and Marc Newson, Jeff Koons, Guillermo Kuitca, Marilyn Minter, Wangechi Mutu, Jenny Saville, and Sean Scully; Adjaye and Gates will also contribute unique pieces.

Proceeds from this year’s auction will support community-based programs in Africa through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, while also providing assistance to fight HIV through community-strengthening programs in Chicago with Theaster Gates’s Rebuild Foundation. For additional information, please contact Lidia Andich at redauction@gagosian.com.

View the auction catalogue (PDF)

Theaster Gates, Bono, and David Adjaye. Photo: Rankin

The Making of the (RED) Auction

Video

The Making of the (RED) Auction
The Theme

In the third episode of The Making of the (RED) Auction video series, Bono, Sir David Adjaye and Theaster Gates discuss light, the theme of the auction this year.

The (RED) Auction, organized by Gagosian in partnership with (RED) and Sotheby’s, will be held in the Miami Design District during Art Basel in Miami Beach and Design Miami 2018. Find out more about the auction, lots, and preview exhibition.

The Making of the (RED) Auction

Video

The Making of the (RED) Auction
The History

In the first episode of The Making of the (RED) Auction video series, musician and activist Bono describes (RED)’s mission to end AIDS, and recalls the successes of the first auctions.

Organized by Gagosian in partnership with (RED) and Sotheby’s, the (RED) Auction will take place on December 5, 2018, during Art Basel in Miami Beach and Design Miami/ 2018. Find out more about the auction, lots, and preview exhibition.

The Making of the (RED) Auction

Video

The Making of the (RED) Auction
Meet the Curators

In the second episode of The Making of the (RED) Auction video series, Theaster Gates and Sir David Adjaye discuss why they decided to join (RED)’s fight to end AIDS. 

The (RED) Auction, organized by Gagosian in partnership with (RED) and Sotheby’s, will be held in the Miami Design District during Art Basel in Miami Beach and Design Miami 2018. Find out more about the auction, lots, and preview exhibition.

Museum Exhibitions

Installation view, Theaster Gates: Amalgam, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, February 20–May 12, 2019. Artwork © Theaster Gates. Photo: Chris Strong

Just Opened

Theaster Gates
Amalgam

Through May 3, 2020
Tate Liverpool, England
www.tate.org.uk

In Amalgam Theaster Gates explores social histories of migration and interracial relations by focusing on a specific episode in the American narrative—a situation of black subjugation and the imperial domination and racial mixing that resulted from it. The artist’s interest in this phenomenon has given rise to new sculptural, architectural, filmic, and musical perspectives in his oeuvre as he critically examines the history of land ownership and race relations in the northeastern United States. This show has traveled from the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.

Installation view, Theaster Gates: Amalgam, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, February 20–May 12, 2019. Artwork © Theaster Gates. Photo: Chris Strong

Theaster Gates’s Dorchester Projects (2006–), Chicago. Artwork © Theaster Gates. Photo: Sara Pooley

On View

Theaster Gates in
. . . and other such stories

Through January 5, 2020
Chicago Architecture Biennial 2019
chicagoarchitecturebiennial.org

The third edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial invites practitioners and the public to engage with architecture and the built environment as prisms through which to reflect upon social, geopolitical, and ecological processes that affect our collective past, present, and future. Work by Theaster Gates is included.

Theaster Gates’s Dorchester Projects (2006–), Chicago. Artwork © Theaster Gates. Photo: Sara Pooley

Douglas Gordon, Monster, 1996–97 © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

On View

Mask
In Present-Day Art

Through January 5, 2020
Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland
www.aargauerkunsthaus.ch

This exhibition explores how the subject of the mask is being addressed in contemporary art. Interest in masks among contemporary artists focuses not just on the mask as an object but also, and in particular, on its social, cultural, and political implications. Work by Theaster Gates, Douglas Gordon, and Cindy Sherman is included.

Douglas Gordon, Monster, 1996–97 © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

Theaster Gates, Stony Island Arts Bank, 2012– © Theaster Gates. Photo: Tom Harris

On View

Theaster Gates
Assembly Hall

Through January 12, 2020
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
walkerart.org

Taking things that have been cast aside from libraries, archives, and collections, Theaster Gates asks us to consider what it means to invest objects with new meanings through the simple acts of conservation and care. This exhibition brings a number of Gates’s collections into a museum context for the first time. The Walker’s galleries transpose the artist’s vast collections and studio environment into four immersive rooms, each infused with his own poetic intervention.

Theaster Gates, Stony Island Arts Bank, 2012– © Theaster Gates. Photo: Tom Harris

Theaster Gates and the Black Monks performing at St. Laurence Church in Chicago, during the demolition of the building, 2014. Artwork © Theaster Gates. Photo: Sara Pooley

On View

Theaster Gates
Black Chapel

Through July 19, 2020
Haus der Kunst, Munich
hausderkunst.de

This exhibition is part of a multifaceted project dedicated to the comprehensive photographic Johnson Publishing archives. For this installation, Theaster Gates has conceived a series of new sculptures that intervene directly in the architecture of the museum. Drawing from a vast multiform practice that encompasses sculpture, installation, performance, improvisation, musical composition, and urban intervention, the artist’s transformation of space into a place of social interaction and encounter serves as a bridge between art and life.

Theaster Gates and the Black Monks performing at St. Laurence Church in Chicago, during the demolition of the building, 2014. Artwork © Theaster Gates. Photo: Sara Pooley

Theaster Gates, Gold Landscape in Three Strokes, 2017 © Theaster Gates

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La source

April 13–November 3, 2019
Fondation Carmignac, Porquerolles, France
www.fondationcarmignac.com

Visitors are invited to take off their shoes before descending beneath the surface of the Provençal farmhouse where the exhibition is staged to discover more than sixty artworks from the collection, as well as important loans and new productions. Work by Theaster Gates and Roy Lichtenstein is included.

Theaster Gates, Gold Landscape in Three Strokes2017 © Theaster Gates

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Theaster Gates in
Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography

June 23–September 22, 2019
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
www.mfah.org

The exhibition surveys the gradual recognition of fashion photography as an art form through more than two hundred photographs and presents a broad and diverse perspective on the art form and its trajectory from niche industry to powerful cultural force. Work by Theaster Gates is included.

Portrait of a woman from the archives of the Johnson Publishing Company. Photo: courtesy Theaster Gates

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Theaster Gates
Facsimile Cabinet of Women Origin Stories

March 12–September 8, 2019
Colby Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine
www.colby.edu

This exhibition features nearly three thousand images from the Johnson Publishing Company, which since 1942 has chronicled the lives of black Americans through the magazines Ebony and Jet. Theaster Gates’s project, composed from this important archive of black visual culture, recontextualizes and reanimates these images and their histories, as Facsimile Cabinet is both a repository and an interactive archive.

Portrait of a woman from the archives of the Johnson Publishing Company. Photo: courtesy Theaster Gates

Photo: courtesy Johnson Publishing Company, LLC. All rights reserved

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The Black Image Corporation

April 25–July 28, 2019
Gropius Bau, Berlin
www.berlinerfestspiele.de

Conceived by Theaster Gates, this exhibition looks at the legacy of the Johnson Publishing Company archive, which features more than four million images and has helped shape the aesthetic and cultural languages of the contemporary African American identity. Founded by John H. Johnson in 1942, the company created Ebony and Jet, two of the landmark publications for black American audiences. The participatory exhibition focuses on the works of Moneta Sleet Jr. and Isaac Sutton, two photographers whose works are in the collection. This exhibition has traveled from the Fondazione Prada in Milan.

Photo: courtesy Johnson Publishing Company, LLC. All rights reserved

Artwork © Theaster Gates

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Theaster Gates
Amalgam

February 20–May 12, 2019
Palais de Tokyo, Paris
www.palaisdetokyo.com

For his first solo museum exhibition in France, Theaster Gates explores social histories of migration and interracial relations by focusing on a specific episode in the American narrative—a situation of black subjugation and the imperial domination and racial mixing that resulted from it. The artist’s interest in this phenomenon has given rise to new sculptural, architectural, filmic, and musical perspectives in his oeuvre as he critically examines the history of land ownership and race relations in the northeastern United States.

Artwork © Theaster Gates

Installation view, The Black Image Corporation, Fondazione Prada, Milano Osservatorio, September 20, 2018–January 14, 2019, with Theaster Gates. Photo: Uga Dalla Porta

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The Black Image Corporation

September 20, 2018–January 14, 2019
Fondazione Prada, Milano Osservatorio
www.fondazioneprada.org

Conceived by Theaster Gates, this exhibition looks at the legacy of Johnson Publishing Company archive, which features more than four million images and has helped shape the aesthetic and cultural languages of the contemporary African American identity. Founded by John H. Johnson in 1942, the company created Ebony and Jet, two of the landmark publications for black American audiences. The participatory exhibition focuses on the works of Moneta Sleet Jr. and Isaac Sutton, two photographers whose works are in the collection.

Installation view, The Black Image Corporation, Fondazione Prada, Milano Osservatorio, September 20, 2018–January 14, 2019, with Theaster Gates. Photo: Uga Dalla Porta

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