Theaster Gates

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

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.

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Theaster Gates Videos

Creating Heat - The Artist as Catalyst: Theaster Gates at TEDxUNC ...
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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 $20,000 - $30,000. 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 Viola Davis, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer, Rashida Jones and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Theaster Gates for an upcoming event.

Theaster Gates Videos

Creating Heat - The Artist as Catalyst: Theaster Gates at TEDxUNC ...
Theaster Gates: How to revive a neighborhood: with imagination ...
Artist Theaster Gates turns Chicago's empty spaces into incubators ...
Artist Theaster Gates on 'Brilliant Ideas'
The Community Builder: In Conversation with Theaster Gates

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