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Even encased in elegant frames and hanging on pristine gallery walls, Gates’s fire hoses remain charged with reverberations of the civil rights movement. Don’t miss the Chicago artist’s sold-out exhibition at Kavi Gupta.
Through 7/9 Theaster Gates explores the legacy of the civil rights movement with sculptures made from material—old fire hoses, building remnants—salvaged from Chicago’s South Side. The hoses are particularly bracing: A reminder of past violent hazings of peaceful protesters, they’re encased in vitrines like museum artifacts—or fire extinguishers, ready to be deployed at new signs of unrest. 835 W Washington. kavigupta.com.
Photograph: Chris Strong