Theaster Gates and The Black Monks

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Photo: Veikko Somerpuro

In celebration of the final weekend of “Theaster Gates: Young Lords and Their Traces” (closing February 5), the artist and his musical collaborators, The Black Monks, will perform a series of activations incorporating A Heavenly Chord (2022).

A through line in Gates’s artistic practice, the work of The Black Monks is rooted in Black music of the South, with links to Eastern monastic ascetic traditions. Through their gospel soul chant reverberation, Gates and The Black Monks will activate the Hammond B3 organ and seven Leslie speakers on the Fourth Floor intermittently throughout the day from February 3 to 5, 2023. Free with Museum admission.

Friday, February 3
Saturday, February 4
Sunday, February 5


The performances will be presented onsite at the New Museum. Please do not photograph or film the performances. Vaccination and masks are strongly recommended, but not required to enter. Please review the New Museum’s COVID guidelines in advance of your visit.


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Activations of A Heavenly Chord (2022) are made possible by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Full support for “Theaster Gates: Young Lords and Their Traces” can be viewed here.

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