Theaster Gates Wins Inaugural Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics

The artist Theaster Gates was announced as the recipient of the inaugural Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics, reports the New York Times. The award entails $15,000 given to an artist every two years as well as a long-term commitment by the school to aid the winner’s projects. The prize is named in honor of the philanthropist Vera List, who died in 2002 and helped found the New Museum among other institutions. Curator Okwui Enwezor, the jury’s chairman, described Gates’s “The Dorchester Projects” as an extraordinary examination of “how the African-American experience is enlivened by ongoing processes of testimony.”