Theaster Gates will give two public talks during Emory University visit


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From Emory Libraries

The  Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University will bring artist and social activist Theaster Gates to campus in September to participate in a series of talks on art and activism.

Gates, an award-winning Chicago potter and artist who blends art installation with social practice, is best known for turning abandoned buildings in neglected neighborhoods into vibrant cultural hubs that serve the community. Gates is director of arts and public life at the University of Chicago, where he is a professor of visual arts.

“Theaster Gates embodies an engagement with art, activism, and archives that energizes all of us,” says Rosemary M. Magee, director of the Rose Library. “It will be a privilege to have him present on campus during the month of September to collaborate with students, faculty and members of the Atlanta area community in pursuit of new knowledge and inspiration.”

Free public events:

Friday, Sept. 9, at 4 p.m.

“Are Artists Activists?”

Theaster Gates conversation with Rose Library Director Rosemary Magee

Teaching and Learning Studio, Rose Library

Location: Emory’s Woodruff Library, Level 10

Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m.

“Theaster Gates: Social Practice and Social Justice”

Theaster Gates closing presentation

Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts

Location: 1700 N. Decatur Rd., Atlanta 30322

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