Shine // Theaster Gates + The Black Monks of Mississippi

On a breezy night in Miami, when streams of art-lovers made their way through galleries and sand-swept sidewalks, artist Theaster Gates staged an exclusive performance by The Black Monks of Mississippi. Though he’s trained as an urban planner and sculptor, here Gates creates a space for interaction by inviting the singers of Black Monks to “Shine.” For an artist who is interested in “allowing new cultural moments to happen in unexpected places,” the performance is a moving moment, realized as an unexpected surprise for many of that night’s passers-by. We revisit it here, only for our Arcade Players.