The Rapp Lecture in Contemporary Art: Theaster Gates
Wednesday November 20
Doors open at 6 pm
Baillie Court*, Art Gallery of Ontario
Public $20 | Members $17 | Students $12
To Dig Constantly, Mining Myself
Artist Theaster Gates will reflect on the last ten years of his art practice through the medium of his glass lantern slide collection. Gates' collection of 60,000 slides was given to him by the University of Chicago's art history department. Delving into this body of images, Theaster will lead a discussion on African art forms and notions of primitivism in modern art alongside his own research and making process.
Theaster Gates lives and works in Chicago. Trained as an urban planner and sculptor, he has developed an expanded artistic practice that includes space development, object making, performance and critical engagement with many publics. Gates transforms spaces, institutions, traditions, and perceptions. Playing with poetics of production and systems of organizing, Gates has assembled gospel choirs, formed temporary unions, and used systems of mass production as a way of underscoring the need that industry has for the body.
Recent exhibition and performance venues include Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; Milwaukee Art Museum; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; and the Whitney Biennial in New York. Gates was a participating artist in dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany, with his '12 Ballads for Huguenot House'. Gates was awarded the inaugural Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics, honoured by the Wall Street Journal as Arts Innovator of the Year 2012, and commissioned as the Armory Show Artist 2012. Gates is a 2012-13 Creative Time Global Resident and is represented by Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago and White Cube in London.
The Rapp Lectures in Contemporary Art are generously supported by Carol & Morton Rapp, Jay Smith & Laura Rapp.
*DIRECTIONS TO BAILLIE COURT From inside to AGO’s main entrance, enter the gallery, pass the ticket desks, and proceed to the first set of stairs. Take the stairs to the second level. Turn left and take the spiral stairs to the third level, Baillie Court.