Theaster Gates, director of Arts & Public life at the University of Chicago, has developed an expanded artistic practice that includes space development, object making, performance and critical engagement with many publics. Gates transforms spaces, institutions, traditions, and perceptions. Gates's training as an urban planner and sculptor, and subsequent time spent studying clay, has given him keen awareness of the poetics of production and systems of organizing. For more information, visit design.upenn.edu/calendar/theaster-gates.

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