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This Week in Art 11.27-12.3: Theaster Gates Creates a Material Memorial for Tamir Rice

© AP Photo/Tony Dejak.

Materials from the gazebo where 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot in 2014 by Cleveland police are now on view at Theaster Gates’ Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago. The gazebo’s wood and brackets are stacked alongside memorial objects and ephemera left by the community ahead of the site’s dismantling in 2016. Gates told The Art Newspaper, “This seemingly insignificant piece of architecture allows us to deeply examine the racial, political and economic crises of this country.”

Tamir’s mother, Samaria Rice, prevented the City of Cleveland from demolishing the gazebo, intending to preserve it as a place for care and engagement. Now, the Arts Bank has organized a series of conversations with archivists, historians, scholars, and artists to contextualize the materials through the winter of 2018. There are plans to reinstall the gazebo outdoors on the Stony Island Arts Bank lawn next year.

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