Richard Gray Gallery is pleased to host Theaster Gates, Michelle Grabner, and Zachary Cahill for a panel discussion on the occasion of Theaster Gates: Every Square Needs a Circle at Gray Warehouse. Grabner and Cahill will join Gates to discuss his exhibition in depth as it relates to his larger practice.
The panel will take place at Gray Warehouse on Wednesday, June 19th. The gallery talk begins at 6:00 PM, and will be followed by a short reception. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is requested to firstname.lastname@example.org. Seating is limited.
Every Square Needs a Circle presents new sculpture, installation, tar paintings, and neon work by Theaster Gates. Relating moments from art history to stories of quotidian labor, Every Square Needs a Circle is a rumination on materials, time and repetition. The exhibition also marks a continuation of Gates’s long engagement with the work of American sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois, whose examination of genius and progress in Black America from Emancipation to the mid-20th century has been a source of inspiration for the artist. Placing his interest in poetics and the history of objects, Gates’s multi-faceted installation bridges the work of Du Bois with architectural excerpts from Chicago, expounding on the archives that hold and preserve records of Black intelligence.