10/06/2022 - 16/10/2022
Serpentine Pavilion 2022 - Black Chapel
Designed by Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates with the architectural support of Adjaye Associates, the Serpentine Pavilion 2022: Black Chapel draws inspiration from the architectural typologies of chapels and the great kilns of Stoke-on-Trent, England.
Set within Serpentine’s grounds in Kensington Gardens, Black Chapel takes on sculptural qualities as it mirrors Gates’ ongoing experimentation with fashioning clay objects in his studio practice, as well as reflecting the artist’s interest in space-making through various urban revitalisation projects. The structure’s circularity and volume echo the form of a sacred space or a chapel that protects and gathers. A single source of light coming from an oculus creates a sanctuary-like setting for reflection and conviviality as the Pavilion once again becomes a platform for live performances and public convenings throughout Serpentine’s dynamic summer programme.
Gates’ Serpentine Pavilion 2022 is part of The Question of Clay, a multi-institution project by the artist taking place in 2021 and 2022 across Whitechapel Gallery, White Cube, Serpentine and the V&A. The project seeks to investigate the making, labour and production of clay, as well its collecting history, through exhibitions, performance and live interventions. The Question of Clay aims to generate new knowledge, meaning and connections about this material.
Hyde Park Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA