3 August to 12 October 2014
When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South featuring Theaster Gates’ video work When Billy Sings Amazing Grace (2013-4), organised by and previously shown at Studio Museum in Harlem, New York is now touring to Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale. In the work Theaster Gates and his musical ensemble the Black Monks of Missippi accompany an elderly Houston vocalist identified only as ‘Billy’ in a rendition of ‘Amazing Grace’.
The group exhibition, which seeks to explore the category of ‘outsider art’ brings together thirty-five artists who share an interest in the American South, including David Hammons, Trenton Doyle Hancock, John Outterbridge, James 'Son' Thomas and Kara Walker.
Curated by Thomas J. Lax, the exhibition features work by self-taught, spiritually inspired and incarcerated artists, alongside other projects based in performance and social-engagement. The exhibition includes painting, drawing, sculpture and assemblage, situating itself within contemporary art historical and political debates, and evoking a distinct geographical location.
Theaster Gates in ‘When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South’
Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale
1 E Las Olas Blvd
Tuesday – Wednesday 11am – 5pm
Thursday 11am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday 11am – 5pm
Sunday – 12 – 5 pm