Theaster Gates

April 25, 2010

The artist surrounded by kids in his installation

Theaster Gates in his 2010 Whitney Biennial installation with families, 2010. Photograph by Paula Santos

Theaster Gates creates installations that explore places and ideas from his own life, ranging from his hometown neighborhood in Chicago to tea houses in Japan. For his outdoor installation in the 2010 Whitney Biennial, Gates created a space out of discarded wooden boards for visitors to interact with. Families had the opportunity to explore the installation and make their own spaces.

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The Workshop

  • The artist in his Whitney installation
  • The artist talks to kids
  • Kids interact with the artist
  • A children's group in the Biennial installation
  • Kids talk about the art
  • The artist demonstrates his installation
  • Kids pick up pieces in the installation
  • Kids laughing
  • Kids raising their hands in the art installation