Author: Kitty Scott
Published by the AGO, 2018
Published in conjunction with the exhibition Theaster Gates: How to Build a House Museum presented at the Art Gallery of Ontario, July 21- October 30, 2016
Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates, whose projects range from small-scale sculptures to ambitious urban interventions, investigates the transformative powers of art in this provocative book. As the force behind the much-acclaimed Stony Island Arts Bank, Gates responds creatively to the challenges of space, whether working in museums or in communities. In this instance, he explores notions of blackness, freedom, and the history of house music. Featuring works by the artist himself as well as objects drawn from the Exhibit of American Negros at the 1900 Paris Exposition, the Ed Williams collection of negrobilia, and Frankie Knuckles's vinyl collections, How to Build a Museum proposes new ways of honouring and remembering Black experience, exploring the potential of symbolic structures and their associated objects.
Theaster Gates is an American social practice installation artist, who teaches in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago. His highly acclaimed work deals with issues of urban planning, religious space, and craft, and the revitalization of poor urban neighborhoods.
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