Theaster Gates first performed See, Sit, Sup, Sing: Holding Court at the 2012 Armory in New York. He “held court” for the three days of the Armory in the cafe on Pier 94, talking to strangers, having meetings, writing on chalk boards, and generally making time for discussing anything and everything. Gates' performance is held in conjunction with the group exhibition Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art.
Theaster Gates (b. 1973) is a multimedia artist from Chicago with a background in urban planning, sculpture, and religious studies. He has also become known as a cultural activist. He spent several years converting a trio of dilapidated buildings in Chicago into a cultural space called The Dorchester Project, akin to Houston’s Project Row Houses.