'A Way of Working' by Theaster Gates is a two day public forum hosted by the New School's Vera List Center for Arts and Politics and the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center (SJDC) at Parsons, The New School for Design.
The public forum and gallery presentation are a culmination of The New School's 18-month engagement with the artist and his work. It explores Gates' prize-winning 'Dorchester Projects' (2009-ongoing) and includes the official awarding of the inaugural Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics (designed by Yoko Ono) to Theaster Gates, followed by a keynote artist lecture. Over the course of both days, figures from fields such as art, urban policy, economics, and religious studies from The New School and beyond will discuss the multifaceted and ongoing project.
'Theaster Gates' project of historical reclamation, interrogation of archival legacies, and social construction of memory and cultural agency has it all tied together' said curator and historian Okwui Enwezor, who chaired the jury that selected 'Dorchester Projects' for the Vera List Center Prize.
The gallery presentation titled, 'A Way of Working' has been designed to accompany the forum and spark ongoing conversation and includes excerpts of works or projects from Gates' studio, including sculpture, drawing, installation and video. Rather than explore the chronological development of Gates' work, the presentation focuses on the uniquely non-linear nature of his methods of working, thinking and creating. The exhibition will include a large-scale rickshaw inspired by a recent trip to Haiti and made for the gallery presentation, filled with objects from the collections at 'Dorchester Projects'.
'Theaster Gates: A Way of Working'
The New School
66 West 12th Street
+1 212 229 2436
18-19 September 2013
Theaster Gates 'Dorchester Projects' (2009 - ongoing)
Photo: Sara Pooley Courtesy White Cube