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Isaac Sutton, Moneta Sleet Jr., 1965. Photo: courtesy Johnson Publishing Company, LLC. All rights reserved

On View

The Black Image Corporation

Through 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.

Isaac Sutton, Moneta Sleet Jr., 1965. Photo: courtesy Johnson Publishing Company, LLC. All rights reserved

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

On View

Theaster Gates
Facsimile Cabinet of Women Origin Stories

Through 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

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

On View

La source

Through 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

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