Theaster Gates: 13th ballad


Theaster Gates / 13th Ballad: 12 Ballads for the Huguenot House, 2012; installation view, Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany, photo © Kavi Gupta

Exhibition in Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Following on from his 12 Ballads for Huguenot House exhibited at Documenta 13 last year, which Gates created as part of his ongoing efforts to rejuvenate—both socially and architecturally—his South Chicago neighbourhood, beginning with him refurbishing an abandoned building to use as his studio and home and later expanded to include abandoned houses nearby, reinventing them as alternative cultural spaces while also repurposing their materials to make both functional and purely aesthetic objects. For 13th Ballad, Gates creates a new large-scale installation in the MCA’s atrium that comprises art objects and materials from the Huguenot House, as well as a set of repurposed pews.