Theaster Gates: Amalgam

13 December 2019 – 3 May 2020

Theaster Gates (b. 1973) is one of the world’s most influential living artists. In Theaster Gates: Amalgam, the artist explores the complex and interweaving issues of race, territory, and inequality in the United States.

The exhibition takes the history of Malaga as its point of departure. During the 19th century, this small island off the coast of Maine, USA, was home to an ethnically-mixed community. In 1912, on the orders of the state governor, Malaga’s inhabitants were forcibly removed to the mainland. They were offered no housing, jobs or support.

Amalgam presents sculpture, installation, film and dance that respond to this history. Highlights include a new film, Dance of Malaga 2019, which features the choreography of acclaimed American dancer, Kyle Abraham. Gates’s musical collective, The Black Monks provide the film’s score. Their blues and gospel-inspired sound can be heard throughout the exhibition, continuing into an immersive ‘forest’ installation.

Theaster Gates is a socially engaged artist living and working in Chicago, Illinois. He began his career studying urban planning, which continues to influence his work. He is best known for his projects in South Side, Chicago, where he has redeveloped abandoned buildings for community use. Reminiscent of the ongoing work in the Granby area of Liverpool, Gates shows how art can transform places and improve the lives of the people who live there.

The exhibition is organised by Tate Liverpool in collaboration with Palais de Tokyo, Paris. A first version of the exhibition was shown at Palais de Tokyo from 20 February – 12 May 2019 under the name Amalgam.

 

 Caption: Theaster Gates at the he World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in 2013.  By World Economic Forum – Flickr: Unleashing Entrepreneurial Innovation with Stanford University: Theaster Gates, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24273326

Further information:
  • Opening times Monday to Sunday 10 am to 5.30 pm
  • Location Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4BB
  • Getting there: By train  – The nearest station  is James Street station, Liverpool L27PQ (720 metres approx.) – mainline rail tickets to Liverpool Lime Street station are valid for travel to James Street Station; By bus – Liverpool ONE Bus Station on Canning Street is directly opposite the Albert Dock, approximately 365 metres from Tate Liverpool. Route C4 also stops at the Albert Dock; By car  –  follow the brown signs to the Waterfront – the Q-Park Liverpool ONE in Strand Street is close by; By ferry – Mersey Ferries from Seacombe and Woodside on the Wirral call at the Pier Head (960 metres approx.)
  • Cost £10.50; concession £8.50; under 16s free (up to four per family)
  • For more information  please call 0151 702 7400

http://www.tate.org.uk/liverpool/