Rare Earth

A speakeasy of sound and images
Organized by Theaster Gates

September 22 – November 17, 2017 

Rare Earth invites the viewer to experience chance arrangements and discover new correlations between built environments from around the world. The exhibition mines a broad survey of architectural and design images from the archives of Rebuild Foundation. Using roulette projections of 35mm slides and film, and accompanied by live performances by Chicago-based sound artists, image and sound combine into a score that offers a poetic imagining of the speculative city.


Exhibition musical soundscape composed by Joshua Abrams, performed by Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society, from the record Simultonality, courtesy of the artist & Eremite Record. Listen to the full album.

Arts + Public Life is an Anchor Site of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Groups interested in visiting Rare Earth should email Nikki Patin at npatin@uchicago.edu. Gallery hours: Wednesday through Friday: 12–6pm. 

Weekly Performances

Opening Reception: Kiara Lanier
Friday, September 22 • 6–8pm

Duane Powell 
Thursday, September 28 • 6:30–7:30pm

DJ Selah Say 
Thursday, October 5 • 6:30–7:30pm

Joshua Abrams/Tomeka Reid/Dave Rempis
Thursday, October 12 • 6:30–7:30pm

Mykele Deville + Growing Concerns 
Thursday, October 19 • 6:30–7:30pm

Weekly performances are part of the RARE EARTH exhibition on view at the Arts Incubator at Arts + Public Life. Local DJs and musicians take the stage at the outdoor pavilion featuring a vintage CTA passenger bus as backdrop to a dynamic, urban sound-scape.

Performances take place on the Pavilion at 265 E. Garfield Blvd., at the intersection of Garfield Blvd. and Prairie Ave. 

About Exhibitions at the Arts Incubator

The exhibitions program at the Arts Incubator offers a platform for Chicago-based artists to thoughtfully engage with the global, contemporary art world in a localized environment. The unique positioning of this program acts as a catalyst for collaboration and exchange, creating a dynamic and critical space. Exhibitions are realized throughout the entirety of the building and the surrounding Washington Park area, fusing temporal, public space with the dedicated interior. This coupling is echoed with the public programming efforts, as we introduce the work of national artists to the local conversation.


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