National Building Museum

Vincent Scully Prize Ceremony - Theaster Gates

Friday, November 3, 2023
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
National Building Museum
Theaster Gates Headshot

Join Aileen Fuchs, president and executive director, and the Vincent Scully Prize Jury, for an award presentation and cocktail reception on Friday, November 3, from 5:30 to 8 pm, to celebrate the work of Theaster Gates, contemporary artist and social innovator.

Gates is the twenty-fifth recipient of the National Building Museum's annual Vincent Scully Prize. Representative of the Museum’s institutional Pillars of Innovation and Equity, Gates’ bold and life-affirming attention to the overlooked and the everyday is very much in the spirit of Vincent Scully’s scholarship, melding Art, Architecture, and Urban Design. His unique global practice, which is rooted in Chicago, translates the intricacies of Blackness through space theory and land development, sculpture, and performance. Through the expansiveness of his approach as a thinker, maker, and builder, he extends the role of the artist as an agent of change. Drawing on his interest and training in urban planning and preservation, Gates redeems spaces that have been left behind, focusing on the possibility of the “life within things.” Twice named as one of the 100 most powerful people in the art world by ArtReview, Gates has pioneered a new model of land art and community investment that has been celebrated, revered and held as a sterling example by city planners, architects, artists and innovators alike.

Program Schedule:

 5:30 pm     Experimental cocktails 
 6 pm     Award and Theaster Gates in conversation with Germane Barnes, principal and founder of Studio Barnes, and Jessica Bell Brown, curator and department head for contemporary art at the Baltimore Museum of Art 
 7 pm     Reception with curated menu



$30 Museum Member / $20 Student / $50 Non-member 

Please note, online ticket sales end at 1 pm the day of the event. Tickets will be available at the door.

Established in 1999, the National Building Museum’s Vincent Scully Prize recognizes exemplary practice, scholarship or criticism in architecture, historic preservation and urban design. It is named for the esteemed professor, and the award’s first recipient, who inspired generations across the building disciplines. Scully was the Sterling Professor Emeritus of the History of Art at Yale University and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Miami. For more than four decades his teaching and scholarship have profoundly influenced prominent architects, urban planners, and others.

Learn more about the Vincent Scully Prize, here.

For complimentary media access, please contact Karen Baratz, Baratz Communications.

Image Courtesy of Lyndon French


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