CHAMPAIGN — Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates will speak at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Room 62 of the Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive.
Gates, who has an international reputation, is a multimedia artist, designer and musician. Art in America magazine also described him in a 2011 profile as an urban planner and developer, community organizer and cultural entrepreneur.
Gates is appearing at Krannert as part of the University of Illinois School of Art + Design Placemaking Lecture Series. He will talk about his "12 Ballads for Huguenot House," which was shown at the international Documenta exhibition in 2012 in Kassel, Germany.
Gates is the inaugural director of Arts and Public Life at the University of Chicago, a program that features artist residencies and collaborations with cultural institutions.
His work has been shown in major museums and exhibitions internationally. He was the 2012 Armory Show artist and in 2011 was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
He has received numerous awards, among them the first Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics. He is represented by Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago and White Cube in London.
His free talk at Krannert is sponsored in part by the Frances P. Rohlen Visiting Artists Fund/College of Fine + Applied Arts, the School of Art + Design Visitors Committee and the museum.