Theaster Gates

Visual Arts

Theaster Gates is Professor in the Department of Visual Arts. He has developed an expanded artistic practice that includes space development, object making, performance, and critical engagement with many publics. Recent exhibition and performance venues include Locust Projects, Miami, FL; the Seattle Art Museum; Art Basel Miami Beach; Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; Milwaukee Art Museum; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; and the Whitney Biennial and Armory Show in New York. In Fall 2012, he debuted in London with his solo show My Labor is My Protest at White Cube Bermondsey. Gates was recently awarded the inaugural Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics, honored by the Wall Street Journal as Arts Innovator of the Year 2012, and commissioned as the Armory Show Artist 2012. USA Artists named him as the USA Kippy Fellow 2012. He was also a 2012–13 Creative Time Global Resident. A Loeb Fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2011, he has received awards and grants from Creative Capital, the Joyce Foundation, Graham Foundation, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and Artadia.