Tuesday - Saturday
11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00
My Labor Is My Protest
Running time: 8 minutes
Theaster Gates explores the genesis of his first exhibition in London, My Labor is My Protest. Touching on the importance of his interest in "found knowledge", materialised here in some 15,000 books obtained from the Chicago based Johnson Publishing Company, he discusses topics such as the history of the civil rights movement, the locus of power within different communities and, most emphatically, the influence of his father on the work in this exhibition.
The Secret of Selling the Negro Market: Selected by Theaster Gates
Running time: 22 minutes
The Secret of Selling the Negro Market was made in 1954 as a promotional film by the Chicago based firm, Johnson Publishing Company, publishers of African American books and magazines such as Ebony, Jet and Tan. Aimed to encourage advertisers to promote their products and services through the African American media, the producers hoped it would highlight the new buying power and “huge potential” of the burgeoning Black middle classes. Featuring African American professionals, housewives and students as well as candid street shots from major cities, the film includes an appearance by the Sinclair Weeks, then Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
In the Studio
Running time: 6 minutes
In this interview with Tim Marlow, Theaster Gates discusses his wide-reaching practice which focuses on “acts of transformation” – whether it be the re-activation of abandoned spaces, the transformation of disused objects or the production of objects out of clay. Gates talks about social responsibility, the manipulation of raw material and the influence of the Bauhaus on his ambitious and unconventional approach to art making.