Theaster Gates: Assembly Hall

On view through January 12, 2020 at Walker Art Center

“How do we deal with abandonment, ruin, decay? How do we start to imagine ourselves as deeper caretakers of the things that exist in the world?” —Theaster Gates

Theaster Gates is a professor at the University of Chicago in the Department of Visual Arts and the College, and Director of Arts + Public Life, a UChicago Arts initiative housed at the Arts Incubator in Washington Park. He also leads an urban research initiative known as Place Lab, a partnership between Arts + Public Life and the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. Professor Gates reclaims abandoned buildings in neighborhoods across Chicago’s South Side. These concerted transformations, which include Dorchester Projects and the Stony Island Arts Bank, have produced spaces that anchor community revitalization.

Assembly Hall sets Professor Gates's gathered objects in the Walker galleries transforming each into a contextualized work of art. The show includes selections from 60,000 slides of art/architectural history from the University of Chicago Glass Lantern Slides Collection.

Ongoing Events:
Pop-up Tea
Thursdays, 6–9 pm Free
Complimentary tea in the gallery, available every Thursday night.

Bentson Mediatheque: Featured Playlist
Through January 12 Free
A playlist of the artist’s moving image works is available in the Mediatheque, located in the Main Lobby, during the run of the exhibition.

The Walker is free for members, active military, and people ages 0-18.  Museum admission is also free every Thursday night from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.

Gallery Admission: $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $10 for students.

Image: Theaster Gates, Black Vessel for a Saint, 2017 Minneapolis Sculpture Garden


Event Information

Cost: Gallery admission $15, $13, $10 and free
No Registration Required


12:00AM Thu 5 Sep 2019 - 12:00AM Sun 12 Jan 2020 ( Timezone: Central )


Walker Art Center, Target Gallery
725 Vineland Place
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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Event Contact
Miluska Novota,AM'06