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click to enlarge Soul Food Starter Kit by Theaster Gates
  • Soul Food Starter Kit by Theaster Gates

Regina Taylor, playwright and director of the upcoming Crowns at the Goodman Theatre is breaking bread with:

Theaster Gates Since officially moving to Chicago over a year ago now, I've been slowly finding my bearing. Navigating through, I keep bumping into a soulful Cheshire Cat—Theaster Gates.

Wickedly wonderful, wise, and profound, his work can be seen through June 10 in the exhibit "Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art" at the University of Chicago's Smart Museum.

Theaster is also collaborating with chef Michael Kornick and Erika Dudley of the university's Civic Knowledge Project on a series of ritualized soul food dinners, hosted in the once-abandoned Dorchester Projects. The dinner is served on ceramics by Japanese master potter Kouichi Ohara, commissioned specifically for this collaboration. Food, eclectic guests, conversation, and performance are in the mash. Theaster Gates keeps reminding me why I love this city so much.

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