Theaster Gates: Black Chapel, Serpentine Pavilion 2022 (exhibition catalogue essay)


To celebrate Black Chapel, designed by Theaster Gates Serpentine has co-published a catalogue with Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König. Richly illustrated and designed by New York-based designer Joseph Logan, this publication brings together exciting new writing from the fields of architecture, art and music to reflect on Gates’ Pavilion and his wider practice. It includes contributions by Jayden Ali, Christina Sharpe, Jareh Das, Ryan Dohoney and Hans Ulrich Obrist introduces the artist’s practice and traces the research, development and ideas behind the Pavilion.

The publication includes images of Black Chapel, the tar paintings and bell sculpture which were part of it, and visual documentation of live events that took place in the Pavilion over summer 2022. Performances ranged from experimental music to choral concerts, while workshops that centred the sacred offered space for reflection and convening.