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The challenge historically has been that when people of color organize radically ambitious, highly functional cultural institutions—the Black Panther Party, economically viable communities like Tulsa, Oklahoma, the genius organizing of the civil rights movement and the NAACP—that in each of those moments, there has been a white supremacist impulse to destroy those viable institutions. So, the question remains, how do we build cultural institutions that are allowed to thrive given the truth of institutional subjugation and individual subjugation?Theaster Gates

BLACK VESSELGates’ first solo exhibition in New York City—has been extended until early next year. See link below.


Through January 23, by appointment.


555 West 24th Street, New York City.

See Gates’ interview with Harriet Lloyd-Smith.

Theaster Gates, Black Vessel, Gagosian, New York, October 10, 2020–January 23, 2021, from top: Flag Sketch, 2020, industrial oil-based enamel, rubber torch down, bitumen, wood, and copper nails; Black Vessel installation views (2); Walking Prayer, 2018–20, bound embossed books and vintage Carnegie cast iron shelving; Walking Prayer (detail); Black Vessel installation views (2); Top Heavy, 2020 (detail), industrial oil-based enamel, rubber torch down, bitumen, wood, and copper. Photographs by Rob McKeever.

Below: Gates’ ceramics studio in Chicago, 2020 (2). Photographs by Chris Strong. All images © Theaster Gates, courtesy of the artist and Gagosian.

WEEKLY WRAP UP | OCT. 20-24, 2014


This week on the blog we went to Castillo; we listened the conversation between Davide Balula and Francesco Stocchi; we passed by the Vincennes Zoo and visited the new show by Neu Gallery at La Douane.



A Dumpling with soup in it is a conversation between artist Davide Balula and Francesco Stocchi, curator of modern and contemporary art at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam.
A conversation about an artwork affecting a space and a space affecting an artwork. Even putting a dumpling in your mouth can reveal a new dimension.
Coinciding with FIAC 2014, the talk took place at 4pm during the opening reception of the group exhibition “Le Jardin Décomposé / Decomposed Garden” on October 25th.


Davide Balula is a French artist living and working in Paris and New York. In his investigations of technological, physical, and biochemical processes, Balula often requires the participation of the viewer. His multifaceted practice involves music, performance, sculpture and painting. This year, Balula’s work has been included in “Rockaway!,” MoMA PS1, Rockaway Beach, New York; “Des choses en moins, des choses en plus,” Palais de Tokyo, Paris; “PLIAGE / FOLD,” Gagosian Paris; and “Shit and Die,” an upcoming exhibition produced by Artissima and organized by Maurizio Cattelan, Myriam Ben Salah and Marta Papini, on view at Palazzo Cavour, Turin from November 6, 2014-January 11, 2015.

Francesco Stocchi is an Italian curator living and working in Rotterdam as curator of modern and contemporary art at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. In addition to organizing exhibitions throughout Europe, Stocchi writes for several periodicals and is a regular contributor to Artforum. He has contributed essays to museum catalogues and monographic publications on artists including Gelitin, Cindy Sherman, Arcangelo Sassolino, and Dan Colen. In 2010 he established the magazine AGMA, which presents visual reviews of current and historical exhibitions. In 2012, Stocchi published Francesca Woodman: Photographs 1977-1981, the first in a series of visual monographs.

RENDEZVOUS@GAGOSIAN, is a monthly series of talks and panel discussions at Gagosian Le Bourget. The first talk was a conversation between John Armleder and Nicolas Trembley “The Ultimate Guide to Travel: Pétrus, Jacques Garcia, and Hotel Richemond” and took place Saturday, July 5.