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Assembly Hall brings a number of the artist’s collections into a museum context for the first time. The Walker’s galleries are transformed into a total work of art, transposing his collections and studio environment into four immersive rooms, each infused with his own poetic interventions. The exhibition considers what Gates calls “resurrections,” or the act of bringing old objects and spaces back to life, while examining the historical and social context of their making in the process. Included are selections from 60,000 slides of art/architectural history from the University of Chicago Glass Lantern Slides Collection; books and periodicals, furniture, and other ephemera from the 15,000-piece Johnson Publishing Company Collection; a range of objects from the Ana J. and Edward J. Williams Collection of “negrobilia”; and ceramic pots and other wares that the artist has made or collected over the past decade. Seen together, these items speak to Gates’s “deep belief in the objects and histories of African American material culture” and capture moments of celebration and inspiration, exclusion and marginalization, renewal and invention.
Curators: Victoria Sung, assistant curator, Visual Arts; with William Hernández Luege, curatorial fellow, Visual Arts.