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Theaster Gates and Kerry James Marshall in Conversation

Tue, Dec 1, 2009, 8  am–5 pm

Join Theaster Gates and Kerry James Marshall for a two-hour discussion that connects the professional creative practices of artists and acts of education that happen outside of the classroom. How do artists instigate learning through their art making process? What can educators learn from this way of teaching?

Theaster Gates is an artist, urban planner, and coordinator of arts programming at the University of Chicago. His recent Temple Exercises exhibition occurred both at the MCA and around the city and explored the relationships among art, politics, and race.

Artist Kerry James Marshall is known for his paintings and installations that examine contemporary issues and highlight African-American culture. His works are in the collections of the MCA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Walker Arts Center, among other venues.

The Educator Salon at the MCA is a forum for educators who seek a different type of professional development experience. Salons engage teachers in explorations of timely pedagogical issues, provide access to provocative speakers, and promote an open exchange among peers and colleagues.

MCA teacher programs are free. Participants receive CPDUs. Vouchers for free parking in the MCA garage are provided pending availability.


Support for teacher programs at the MCA is generously provided by the Polk Bros. Foundation. Additional generous support is provided by Crown Family Philanthropies and Discover.


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