Architecture lecture: Theaster Gates

March 20, 2013

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Location: Genvieve Fisk Loranger Architecture Center

Work by Theaster Gates

Please join the School of Architecture for a presentation by noted Chicago artist Theaster Gates, Wednesday, March 20 at 6 p.m. in the Genvieve Fisk Loranger Architecture Center, inside the Loranger Architecture Building. This event is part of the School's 2012/12013 Lecture Series, presented by the Great Lakes Fabricators and Erectors Association.

Merging place making and object making, Gates has defied conventional classifications to challenge a participant's understanding of their surroundings. Gates transforms spaces, institutions, traditions and perceptions. "Commentary, bling, and acts of sincerity," is how Gates describes his 2010 installation at the Whitney Biennial. When Theaster is not making art for museums, he is committed to the restoration of poor neighborhoods, converting abandoned buildings into cultural spaces that allow not only new cultural moments to happen in unexpected places, but raising the city's expectations of where "place-making" happens and why.

Gates was recently awarded the inaugural Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics, honored by the Wall Street Journal as Arts Innovator of the Year 2012, and commissioned as the Armory Show Artist 2012.

This event is free and open to the public.

RSVP: Unnecessary

Contact: Gilbert Sunghera, S.J., assistant professor of Architecture