CTA wants local artist Theaster Gates to create work at a Red Line station

July 14, 2013

Lee Jian Chung

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The Chicago Transit Authority wants a well-known local artist to create two pieces for a Red Line station.

Theaster Gates is an award-winning artist who has a show at the city’s Museum of Contemporary Art now. He’s known for exploring the intersection of art and urban planning, such as his Dorchester Projects.

Gates doesn’t know what the CTA art would look like yet: He says he’d base his design on input from residents.

Local colleges and community groups would help him with the installations, and so would high school students in an apprenticeship program.

“I want them to see that process and understand that architect and builders and developers and planners help shape that work along with artists,” Gates said.

The proposed artwork is part of a larger renovation to the aging CTA Red Line terminal at 95th Street. The CTA board is expected to vote on the project Monday.

Lee Jian Chung is a WBEZ arts and culture intern. Follow him @jclee89