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Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to present the ninth season of the Urban Field Speakers Series.

Theaster Gates
with Pamela Edmonds

Thursday, September 25, 7:30 PM
Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art
401 Richmond St. West, Suite 124

The award-winning artist and director of the Arts and Public Life initiative, University of Chicago, Theaster Gates speaks about his community projects that critically engage with the public, such as Dorchester Projects, a vibrant cultural locus on Chicago’s South Side.
Moderated by Pamela Edmonds, independent curator. Presented by Prefix and Third Space Art Projects.

About Theaster Gates
Theaster Gates was born in 1973 in Chicago, where he currently lives and works. He earned a BS and an MS in Urban Planning, Ceramics and Religious Studies from Iowa State University, and an MA in Fine Arts and Religious Studies from the University of Cape Town. His most recent solo exhibitions were presented at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Seattle Art Museum, Locust Projects (Miami), the Fabric Workshop and Museum (Philadelphia) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; he also participated in Documenta 13 (Kassel, Germany). He was awarded the inaugural Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics, among other honours. He was also the 2012–13 Creative Time Global Resident and 2011 Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Founder of the Rebuild Foundation, he is currently the director of the Arts and Public Life initiative at the University of Chicago.

About Pamela Edmonds
Pamela Edmonds is a visual- and media-arts curator originally from Montréal. She received a BFA and an MA in Art History from Concordia University (Montréal). Her recent curatorial projects have been presented at WARC Gallery (Toronto), the Print Studio (Hamilton, ON), the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (Toronto) and Georgia Scherman Projects (Toronto), among others. Formerly co-editor of Kola, programme coordinator at A Space Gallery (Toronto) and curator at the Art Gallery of Peterborough, she is a founding member of Third Space Art Projects, a curatorial collective co-founded with Sally Frater in 2009.

About the Urban Field Speakers Series
Programmed by Janine Marchessault and Scott McLeod and presented by Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art in association with the Visible City Project and Archive of York University
The Urban Field Speakers Series centres on the role of art in transforming the experience of the city. Through lectures, audio-visual presentations and discussions, it explores how creative practices can help improve the quality of urban life and planning in Toronto and around the world. This series of monthly events brings together an array of international and local participants, including artists, architects, curators, designers and scholars, who are working at the intersections of technology, communications and aesthetics. Reflecting a broad range of perspectives and practices, the events build upon each other to inspire dialogue on the role of the city in art, and art in the city.

Ticket Sales
Series passes are available in advance or at the door. Tickets to single events are available only at the door, with ticket sales beginning thirty minutes in advance of the event. Seating is limited and guaranteed to sell out, so be sure to arrive early.

Series Passes*
$28 Prefix Photo subscribers, students & seniors
$42 Regular
$180 VIP
*plus HST

Single Events
$8 Prefix Photo subscribers, students & seniors
$12 Regular

VIP series passes feature front-of-the-line privileges, guaranteed seating until 7:20 PM, and a charitable receipt for $100 for income-tax purposes. Quantities are limited.

For purchases, press inquiries or to schedule an interview with the speakers, please contact Stephanie Mina Kim, Public Programmes Manager, at:

Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 124
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5V 3A8
T 416-591-0357
F 416-591-0358

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Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art is a registered charitable organization that fosters the appreciation and understanding of contemporary photographic, media and digital arts through exhibitions, publications and related activities. For the presentation of the Urban Field Speakers Series, Prefix gratefully acknowledges the support of its staff, volunteers and patrons, as well as its Official Catering Sponsor à la Carte Kitchen and its Official Hotel Sponsor the Hotel Le Germain. Prefix also acknowledges the assistance of the Visible City Project and Archive of York University, the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.





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