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Theaster Gates

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Director of Arts and Public Life at the University of Chicago; Founder & President of Rebuild Foundation

Director of Arts and Public Life at the University of Chicago; Founder & President of Rebuild Foundation

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Theaster Gates Biography

Theaster Gates is founder and president of the Rebuild Foundation and director of arts program development at the University of Chicago. He is an artist, musician, and “cultural planner.” In his performances, installations, and urban interventions, Gates transforms spaces, institutions, traditions, and perceptions. Gates’s training as an urban planner and sculptor, and his subsequent time spent in Japan studying clay, has given him keen awareness of the poetics of production and systems of organizing. With this experience, Gates has assembled gospel choirs, formed temporary unions, and used systems of mass production as a way of underscoring the need that industry has for the body. When Theaster is not making art for museums, he is committed to the restoration of poor black neighborhoods, converting abandoned buildings into cultural spaces. Gates was a Loeb fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Design and has received awards from the Joyce Foundation and the Graham Foundation.

In 2019, fashion label Prada announced Theaster Gates, alongside Ava DuVernay, will be co-chair of the Prada Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council.

Theaster Gates Videos

  • Highlights from a town hall lecture with Theaster Gates in Dallas for ...
    Theater Gates engages in an extensive conversation about his sculptural practice with interlocutors and the general public in Dallas on April 6, ...
  • Artist Talk: Theaster Gates on the Transformative Power of Art ...
    Theaster Gates, artist and innovator in the field of social practice, reflects on his commitment to bridging the gap between art and life through ...
  • Lecture by Theaster Gates - YouTube
    Recorded Tuesday, September 27, 2011, as part of the Design and Craft Lecture Series, Theaster Gates presented in Timken Lecture Hall on ...

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Theaster Gates is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Theaster Gates for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Theaster Gates generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Eric Schmidt, Tim O'Reilly, Darren Walker, Andrew McAfee and Billy Parish. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Theaster Gates for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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