Arts & Public Life: Theaster Gates

This week, I had the privilege of touring Theaster Gates’ Arts Incubator and Dorchester Projects, and hearing him talk about his extraordinarily multi-faceted art practice. Gates describes himself as “wearing three hats”: • The artist whose practice includes performance, sculpture, installation, and large-scale urban intervention; • The real estate developer who has assembled a portfolio […]

Ever been to Pullman?

Have you ever really walked around Pullman? I don’t mean speeding past it on the Metra train going south. In many ways, Pullman offers the potential for social life, sidewalk safety and casual public interaction that Jane Jacobs talked about so glowingly in The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Pullman was a completely […]