Theaster Gates: How to Build a House Museum
July 21 – Oct. 30, 2016
Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates, whose projects range from small-scale sculptures to ambitious urban interventions, arrives at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto this July with an exhibition investigating the transformative powers of art. As the force behind the much-acclaimed Stony Island Arts Bank, Gates seeks to respond creatively to the challenges of space, whether working in museums or in communities. This provocative exhibition explores notions of blackness, freedom, and the history of house music. It will include new works made by the artist, as well as objects drawn from the Exhibit of American Negros at the 1900 Paris Exposition, the Ed Williams collection of negrobilia and Frankie Knuckles’ vinyl collections. Curated by Kitty Scott, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, this project marks Gates’ largest and most extensive museum presentation to date, and will take over the entire fifth floor of the AGO’s Contemporary Tower.