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Artist Talk: Theaster Gates

Recorded: Wednesday, July 20, 2016
7 - 8 pm
Baillie Court, Art Gallery of Ontario

After the artist talk, opening party continues with

Exhibition Open for Viewing: 8 - 10 pm
Vivian & David Campbell Centre for Contemporary Art (Level 5)
Free

House Party with DJ Terry Hunter: 8 pm – midnight
Walker Court
Free

Join us to celebrate the opening of a new exhibition by internationally acclaimed artist Theaster Gates. Taking over the fifth floor of the AGO’s Contemporary Tower, Gates presents How to Build a House Museum, a wide-ranging and experimental interrogation of the house museum – its legacy as monument, as historical narrative, as racial achievement and as a site of freedom. Organized as a series of symbolic houses dedicated to George Black, W. E. B. Du Bois, Frankie Knuckles and Muddy Waters, among others, the exhibition will use music, dance, signage, video, artworks and archival documents – many related to the Black and queer experience – to explore how and what museums communicate.

Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates, whose projects range from sculpture, video, and painting to ambitious urban interventions, is among the most compelling and renowned figures in contemporary art. Gates responds creatively to the challenges of space, whether working in museums or cities.


*TICKET HOLDERS: Your free ticket will guarantee admission if you arrive before 6:50 pm. After 6:50 pm, unclaimed reservations will be released to standby customers.

RUSH SEATS: Any unclaimed seats, 10 minutes prior to the start of the program will be made available to guests in the rush line.

Public programs supported by

  • The United States Consulate General in Toronto, Canada

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