A Tour of Theaster Gates’ One-Man Urban Renewal
May05

A Tour of Theaster Gates’ One-Man Urban Renewal

Over the years we’ve occasionally covered Theaster Gates, the Chicago change agent and international art star who is persistently turning abandoned South Side buildings into community assets like libraries and low-income housing.  The PBS television show Newshour recently interviewed Mr. Gates, and toured some of the buildings he’s injected with new life. It’s a wonderful piece that gives you hope for the future of...

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Rebuild Foundation And Theaster Gates Open Newly Restored Stony Island Arts Bank
Sep23

Rebuild Foundation And Theaster Gates Open Newly Restored Stony Island Arts Bank

After years of decay, the newly-restored Stony Island Arts Bank is ready to shine again. The 17,000 square foot building was the most ambitious project undertaken by Rebuild Foundation and its founder, artist/urban planner Theaster Gates, Jr. Stony Island Arts Bank will officially re-open on Oct. 3 as a primary venue for the Chicago Architectural Biennial. A sneak preview was offered over the weekend at the facility at 68th Street and...

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Theaster Gates to Open Free Public Sculpture Garden in Grand Crossing
Apr27

Theaster Gates to Open Free Public Sculpture Garden in Grand Crossing

Chicago artist, professor, and social activist Theaster Gates is going to open a new sculpture garden on the south side of Chicago. The artist has entered into an agreement with the city of Chicago to lease a piece of city-owned land at 1245 East 72nd Place for the garden, which will be his to use for $1 in perpetuity. As part of the deal, the park must be open to the public free of charge, and it cannot host any political or...

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