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Theaster Gates Photo by Sara Pooley

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Theaster Gates

Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., and Sun. from Sept. 7-Jan. 12
Time Varies
Included with museum admission
Art, Museums

For his first major U.S. exhibition, Chicago-based social practice artist Theaster Gates bucks Marie Kondo-ization and other minimalist trends to methodically install four rooms with castoff objects he’s collected. The objective behind re-contextualizing these items is to inject them with new meaning. As viewers, looking at them provides only one pathway in. Gates encourages us to also investigate their historical and cultural provenance, delight in the inspiration behind them, celebrate the conversations they elicit, and reach deeply into their resonance as representations of African-American material culture. In the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden stands Gates’ first outdoor commission, Black Vessel for a Saint, in which a salvaged statue of Saint Laurence, the patron saint of librarians and archivists, stands watch.