The U.S. Consulate Toronto is supporting the public programming of the Theaster Gates exhibition which opened on July 21, 2016 at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) with a lecture by the artist to a standing room only audience. “Theaster Gates: How to Build a House Museum” will run from July 21, 2016 to Oct. 30, 2016 at the AGO with a full schedule of lectures and events for museum members and the general public. In his Canadian debut, contemporary American artist Theaster Gates has titled his exhibition “How to Build a House Museum”, a cultural exploration of the black, male, and queer experience, of what and how museums communicate.
The exhibition is organized as six symbolic houses dedicated to George Black, W. E. B. Du Bois, Frankie Knuckles and Muddy Waters, among other individuals and ideas. It uses music, dance, video, artworks and archival documents to engage the audience. Internationally-acclaimed Theaster Gates possesses a multi-disciplinary practice based out of Chicago that explores space development, object making, performance and critical engagement with a variety of audiences. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he has exhibited and performed worldwide, including London, Venice, and Germany. Currently, Gates is a Professor in the Department of Visual Art and Director of Arts and Public Life at the University of Chicago and Founder of the non-profit Rebuild Foundation. For more information, please see: http://www.ago.net/ago-exhibition-by-theaster-gates-reimagines-the-house-museum-as-a-visionary-site-for-black-freedom.