Theaster Gates will give three public talks during Emory University visit

Published 08-23-2016

by Emory Libraries

Theaster Gates

The Sept. 22 event has been cancelled and may be rescheduled for spring 2017.

The  Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University will bring artist and social activist Theaster Gates to campus in September to participate in a series of talks on art and activism.

Gates, an award-winning Chicago potter and artist who blends art installation with social practice, is best known for turning abandoned buildings in neglected neighborhoods into vibrant cultural hubs that serve the community. Gates is director of arts and public life at the University of Chicago, where he is a professor of visual arts.

“Theaster Gates embodies an engagement with art, activism, and archives that energizes all of us,” says Rosemary M. Magee, director of the Rose Library. “It will be a privilege to have him present on campus during the month of September to collaborate with students, faculty and members of the Atlanta area community in pursuit of new knowledge and inspiration.” 

Free public events:

Saturday, Sept. 3, at 3 p.m.

‘A Race of Artists’: Examining Art and Social Activism,”  an ArtDBF panel with Theaster Gates and other multi-disciplinary artists, moderated by Christeene Alcosiba, Rose Library manager of operations and public programming, co-sponsored by ArtsATL

First Baptist Decatur Sanctuary Stage

Decatur Book Festival in downtown Decatur

Friday, Sept. 9, at 4 p.m.

“Are Artists Activists?”

Theaster Gates conversation with Rose Library Director Rosemary Magee

Teaching and Learning Studio, Rose Library

Emory’s Woodruff Library, Level 10

Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. (This event has been cancelled and may be rescheduled for spring 2017)

“Theaster Gates: Social Practice and Social Justice”

Theaster Gates closing presentation

Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts

1700 N. Decatur Rd., Atlanta 30322

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