Theaster Gates Expands His Imprint On South Side

Theaster Gates
Artist Theaster Gates after talking about some of his latest projects on WBEZ's Morning Shift Jason Marck / WBEZ
Theaster Gates
Artist Theaster Gates after talking about some of his latest projects on WBEZ's Morning Shift Jason Marck / WBEZ

Theaster Gates Expands His Imprint On South Side

Theaster Gates’s unique training as both an artist and urban planner have allowed him to see opportunities for redevelopment where it otherwise went unnoticed.

Gates has been behind the push to take buildings in Chicago’s Grand Crossing neighborhood and redevelop them into spaces where the neighborhood and culture convene. But he says redevelopment has to be done based on a set of values and driven by mission.

Morning Shift talks to Gates about ethical redevelopment.