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  • “THEASTER GATES: ASSEMBLY HALL”

    Walker Art Center
    725 Vineland Place
    September 5, 2019–January 12, 2020

    Curated by Victoria Sung

    For his most significant US exhibition to date, Theaster Gates promises to transform the Walker galleries into a sprawling, monumental Gesamtkunstwerk: an immersive aggregation of objects that Gates gathered over the past decade through his work with his Dorchester Projects, 2009–, in Chicago. Fifteen thousand books, periodicals, items of furniture, and other ephemera from the Johnson Publishing Company Archives & Collections join some sixty thousand slides of art and architectural history from the University of Chicago collection of glass lantern slides, as well as a selection of objects from the Edward J. Williams Collection of “Negrobilia” and ceramics made by Gates and others. Across the street at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Gates will “activate” his 2017 commission Black Vessel for a Saint, a structure housing a salvaged statue of Saint Laurence, the patron saint of librarians and archivists.