Exchange Student: Theaster Gates at Chicago MCA

Theaster Gates created a new form of cultural exchange at Documenta (13)  last year. He took discarded building parts from a rehabbed South Side Chicago residence and reconfigured them in an installation at the down-at-heels historic Huguenot House in Kassel, Germany. His first solo museum exhibition "Theaster Gates: 13th Ballad," currently at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, is a further exploration of the continuities between the 2 buildings and their histories. Architectural Record digs into the art in "Exhibition Review: Theaster Gates' 13th Ballad.”

The exhibit will be on view at the MCA through October 6. Gates collaborated with Germanic studies scholar David Levin and musician and composer Michael Drayton to compose a new body of music for the project based on the opera "Les Huguenots” and blues compositions by Muddy Waters. See the schedule of performances.

MCA images courtesy of Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago

Images taken at Documenta 13 courtesy of Kavi Gupta
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