Theaster Gates | Guests | deFINE ART 2014

Theaster Gates

Theaster Gates (b. 1973, Chicago, Illinois) has developed an expanded practice that includes space development, object making, performance and critical engagement with many public venues.

An artist and innovator in the field of social practice, Theaster Gates is known internationally for his work on the South Side of Chicago, including Dorchester Projects, Black Cinema House and the upcoming Stony Island Arts Bank and Dorchester Artist Housing Collaborative.

As director of arts and public life at the University of Chicago, Gates opened the Arts Incubator in Washington Park, a space for artist residencies, arts education, community-based arts projects as well as exhibitions, performances and talks. He is the founder of the nonprofit Rebuild Foundation and, in this role, demonstrates new models for helping neighborhoods thrive using culture-driven redevelopment and activating abandoned spaces with arts and cultural programming.

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Notable exhibitions and performance venues

  • The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
  • Whitechapel Gallery, London
  • Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California
  • Documenta (13), Kassel, Germany