UW Graduate School

Theaster Gates

Theaster GatesMary Ann and John D. Mangels Lecturer

  • Artist

May 2, 2019  |   7:30 p.m.
Kane Hall, room 130

  • REGISTRATION CLOSED. This lecture has reached capacity! As a courtesy, the Graduate School will offer standby seating on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6:45 p.m. in Kane Hall. Any reserved seats not taken by 7:15 p.m. will be offered to our guests in the standby line. Please note: standby entrance is based on seat availability and there is no guarantee of admittance to the public lecture.
  • This event is free and open to the public. 


An Evening with Theaster Gates

Theaster Gates draws on his interest and training in urban planning and preservation to create social practice art installations. Focusing on space theory and land development, sculpture and performance, he redeems spaces that have been left behind.

Known for his recirculation of art-world capital, Gates creates work from the focuses on the possibility of the “life within things.” By upturning art, land and human values, he contends with the notion of Black space as a formal exercise – one defined by collective desire, artistic agency, and the tactics of a pragmatist.

Gates has exhibited and performed at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., USA (2017); Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada (2016); Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy (2016); Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2013); Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy (2013) and dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany (2012). He was the winner of the Artes Mundi 6 prize and the Nasher Prize for Sculpture 2018 and is the recent recipient of the Légion d’Honneur, awarded 2017.

Sponsoring Departments

  • UW Graduate School
  • School of Art + Art History + Design