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Theaster Gates: See, Sit, Sup, Sip, Sing: Holding Court, 5:00PM
The Studio Museum in Harlem
New York, NY
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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Theaster Gates's "See, Sit, Sup, Sip, Sing: Holding Court" was created from tables, chairs and desks salvaged from a now-closed public school on Chicago's South Side. Gates joins us in the Museum atrium for a special activation of the work by the artist. Designed as an experience for learning created by the people assembled in and around it, the installation will be a site for engaged conversation and dynamic interaction.


"Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art" is the first exhibition to survey over fifty years of performance art by visual artists of African descent from the United States and the Caribbean.

Organized by Valerie Cassel Oliver, Senior Curator, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, "Radical Presence" is presented in New York in two parts: Part I at New York University's Grey Art Gallery (September 10-December 7) and Part II at The Studio Museum in Harlem (November 14-March 9, 2014). For its New York presentation, the exhibition at The Studio Museum in Harlem is overseen by Thomas J. Lax, Assistant Curator.

For up-to-the-minute information, please visit http://radicalpresenceny.org/; to be apart of the conversation on social media, use #radicalpresenceny!

"Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art" is supported by generous grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the patrons, benefactors, and donors to CAMH's Major Exhibition Fund. The catalogue accompanying the exhibition is made possible by a grant from The Brown Foundation, Inc. Funding for the presentation at the Grey Art Gallery is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts; Tisch School of the Arts, NYU; the New York University Arts Council; Susan and Steven Jacobson; Jane Wesman and Don Savelson; the Department of Art and Art Professions, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, NYU; the Grey's Director's Circle, Inter/National Council, and Friends; and the Abby Weed Grey Trust. Generous in-kind support has also been received from The Wall Street Journal and James Cohan Gallery, New York. Funding for Radical Presence at The Studio Museum in Harlem is generously provided by Lambent Foundation. The Studio Museum in Harlem's exhibitions are supported with public funds from the following government agencies and elected representatives: The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; The City of New York; and Council Member Inez E. Dickens, 9th Council District, Speaker Christine Quinn and the New York City Council. Additional funding is provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Images: Theaster Gates, "See, Sit, Sup, Sing: Holding Court" (2012), performance at CAMH, December 2012;
Theaster Gates, "See, Sit, Sup, Sing: Holding Court" (installation view), 2012, The Studio Museum in Harlem Photo: Adam Reich
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The Studio Museum in Harlem (View)
144 W. 125th Street
New York, NY 10027
United States



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