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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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