Talks / Workshops

Rapp Lecture in Contemporary Art: Theaster Gates

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
20 Nov 2013

Theaster Gates presents a talk on the last ten years of his art practice through the medium of his glass lantern slide collection.

Gates’ collection of 60,000 slides was given to him by the University of Chicago’s art history department. Delving into this body of images, Theaster will lead a discussion on African art forms and notions of primitivism in modern art alongside his own research and making process.

Wednesday November 20, 2013, 7pm
Doors open at 6pm

Baillie Court, Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas St. West
Toronto, Ontario

The Rapp Lectures in Contemporary Art are generously supported by Carol & Morton Rapp, Jay Smith & Laura Rapp.

Theaster Gates was trained as an urban planner and sculptor, and has developed an expanded artistic practice that includes space development, object making, performance and critical engagement with many publics. Gates transforms spaces, institutions, traditions, and perceptions. Playing with poetics of production and systems of organizing, Gates has assembled gospel choirs, formed temporary unions, and used systems of mass production as a way of underscoring the need that industry has for the body.

About the Rapp Lecture in Contemporary Art Series
The  Rapp Lecture on Contemporary Art  is an annual fixture in the Toronto cultural calendar.  The series focuses on critical ideas in contemporary art and culture, and features distinguished international leaders in the contemporary art world, including artists, curators, critics, scholars, and other luminaries.


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