Free Public Opening Artist Talk: Theaster Gates


You're invited to join a late-night celebration of the opening of "Theaster Gates: How to Build A House Museum." #HouseAGO

Wednesday, July 20

Art Gallery of Ontario

Artist Talk


Baillie Court Level 3

Tickets required Reserve your free ticket below

Exhibition Preview


Level 5


House Party with DJ Terry Hunter


Walker Court


Taking over the fifth floor of the AGOs Contemporary Tower, Gates presents "How to Build a House Museum," a wide-ranging and experimental interrogation of the house museum its legacy as monument, as historical narrative, as racial achievement and as a site of freedom. Organized as a series of symbolic houses dedicated to George Black, W. E. B. Du Bois, Frankie Knuckles and Muddy Waters, the exhibition uses music, dance, signage, video, artworks and archival documents many related to the Black and queer experience to explore how and what museums communicate.


Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates, whose projects range from sculpture, video, and painting to ambitious urban interventions, is among the most compelling and renowned figures in contemporary art. Gates responds creatively to the challenges of space, whether working in museums or cities, and is currently a Professor in the Department of Visual Art and Director of Arts and Public Life at the University of Chicago.

TICKET HOLDERS: Your free ticket will guarantee admission if you arrive before 6:50 pm. After 6:50 pm, unclaimed reservations will be released to standby customers. RUSH SEATS: Any unclaimed seats, 10 minutes prior to the start of the program will be made available to guests in the rush line.

Free Public Opening Artist Talk: Theaster Gates

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