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Theaster Gates (free)

  • Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery 330 North Orchard Street Madison, WI, 53715 United States (map)

Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates has carved out his own compelling space at the intersection of urban planning, social justice, and installation art. His best-known project of late is the Stony Island Arts Bank, a building in Chicago's Woodlawn neighborhood that his Rebuild Foundation rescued from demolition and turned into a combination art gallery and library. Its collections include about 5,000 vinyl records owned by late Chicago house music legend Frankie Knuckles. The Arts Bank is not far from (and perhaps a world away from) the University of Chicago, where Gates serves as director of arts and public life. But his work aims to bridge those divides between marginalized communities and established spaces of learning and art: His recent exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in DC, for instance, consisted of installation pieces made of discarded materials drawn from Chicago's black neighborhoods, including gym flooring from a close high school and roof tiles from a demolished church. He visits here as part of the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities' Humanities Without Boundaries lecture series. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: September 24
Andrew Cyrille + Bill McHenry
Later Event: September 25
Melvins, Spotlights