Theaster Gates: 13th Ballad | Museum of Contemporary Art | Galleries | Chicago Reader
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Theaster Gates: 13th Ballad 

When: May 18-Oct. 6 2013
Theaster Gates is known as an artist, but he trained as an urban planner, and it's hard to separate his work from the city that inspired it. So his new show at the Museum of Contemporary Art presented a bit of a challenge to both Gates and the curators. The show has a complicated history. In 2009, Gates bought a dilapidated house on Dorchester Avenue in Woodlawn and began to strip it down. Two years later, he traveled to Kassel, Germany, to participate in the citywide art show Documenta (13) and, on a tour of potential exhibition sites, discovered Huguenot House, built in the 19th century by migrant workers from France. Continue reading >>

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