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Artist Talk: Theaster Gates

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Theaster Gates Related Program
Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available

The artist Theaster Gates talks about the background of his works and the exhibition.

Theaster Gates
Tokuyama Hirokazu (Associate Curator, Mori Art Museum)
Kataoka Mami (Director, Mori Art Museum)
Date & Time
18:30-20:00, Thursday, April 25, 2024 (Doors open: 18:15)


Born 1973 in Chicago, IL, where he continues to live, Theaster Gates studied urban design, ceramics, religion, and visual art at Iowa State University and the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He masterfully translates the intricacies of Blackness through clay, objecthood, music, film, space and materiality. In 2004, Gates began his now twenty-year engagement with the ceramic legacies of the city of Tokoname in Aichi Prefecture, Japan, where he participated in the International Workshop of Ceramic Art in Tokoname [IWCAT] pottery homestay program and continues to honor and artistically invest in local makers and craft histories. In recent years, he has had major solo exhibitions at such institutions as the New Museum (New York, 2022-2023), Serpentine Pavilion (London, 2022), Whitechapel Gallery (London, 2021), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, 2019-2020), Martin Gropius Bau (Berlin, 2019), Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2019), and Fondazione Prada (Milan, 2018). In Japan, Gates exhibited at the Aichi Triennale 2022, and in 2019 was selected for the Obayashi Foundation Research Program, “Visions of the City.”

Theaster Gates at his Chicago studio
Theaster Gates at his Chicago studio
Photo: Chris Strong

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2024.4.1 [Mon] - 4.23 [Tue]
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