theaster gates

theaster gates bw

[chicago, berlin, london]

intro’d to Theaster here:

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Gates now owns 12 properties in the vicinity of his home. Rebuild Foundation, the nonprofit he created to run Dorchester Projects, teaches video production at the nearby middle school and sewing and design for local kids. It has begun work in Omaha and St. Louis as well, transforming properties there into community-art spaces. Gates is still full time at the University of Chicago, currently as the director of Arts and Public Life, heading an arts incubator that the university opened this year in the poor black neighborhood outside its traditional western boundary. Additionally, Gates’s nonprofit and a private development company are turning a shuttered public-housing project near Dorchester Projects into a 32-unit mixed-income complex. Starting next year, it will become home both to low-income families and to emerging artists who will do the programming at its on-site art center. Richard Sciortino, one of the development company’s owners, believes that this concept of the public-housing artist colony is something that can work elsewhere, and he and Gates are already looking into converting a couple of other housing projects on the East Coast.


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Theaster Gates (born 1973 Chicago) is an American Installation artist Social Practice artist. He lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. Gates’ work has been shown at major museums and galleries internationally and deals with issues of urban planning, religious space, and craft. He is committed to the revitalization of poor neighborhoods through combining urban planning and art practices.

his site:

theaster gates site

Theaster is represented by Kavi Gupta in Chicago & Berlin:

kavi gupta

and by White Cube in London:

white cube


Theaster is director at u chicago arts:

gates at u chicago


Theaster speaking at ted 2015

How to revive a neighborhood: with imagination, beauty and art


oct 2015 – manifesting ourselves in the world

Theaster Gates has manifested his own purpose and values into the world. He has restored a building, which will help restore a neighbourhood, as “part of an evolving way of reimagining that culture should be central to the way our cities and neighborhoods work”, and ultimately rethinking “the role ­artists play in public life.”

What we achieve in the outer world is a reflection of who we are in our inner world.

To accomplish it we need to combine both inner and outer leadership.


more on the inside:


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