Fleming and Gates Named 2016 Harman-Eisner Artists in Residence at Aspen Institute

Friday, June 10, 2016
Fleming and Gates Named 2016 Harman-Eisner Artists in Residence at Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute Arts Program is pleased to announce that soprano and musical ambassador Renée Fleming and artist and activist Theaster Gates will serve as its 2016 Harman-Eisner Artists in Residence. In this role, Fleming and Gates will participate at the Aspen Ideas Festival (June 26 – July 2) and engage in Institute activities throughout the year in New York, Washington, DC, and elsewhere.

Fleming and Gates Named 2016 Harman-Eisner Artists in Residence at Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute Arts Program is pleased to announce that soprano and musical ambassador Renée Fleming and artist and activist Theaster Gates will serve as its 2016 Harman-Eisner Artists in Residence. In this role, Fleming and Gates will participate at the Aspen Ideas Festival (June 26 – July 2) and engage in Institute activities throughout the year in New York, Washington, DC, and elsewhere.

Renée Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous soprano voice and consummate artistry. Known as “the people’s diva,” Fleming is a 2013 recipient of the National Medal of Arts and a four-time Grammy winner. As a musical statesman she has performed at the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, the 2008 Olympics, the Brandenburg Gate to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Concert. In 2008 she became the first woman in the 125-year history of the Metropolitan Opera to solo headline an opening night gala. 

“It is such an honor to join the dialogue at the Aspen Institute as a Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence,” said Fleming. “Aspen was my training ground and the place where I nurtured my grandest dreams about life and Art, so it’s fitting that I would return to share my current passions so many years later.  My work these past five years at Lyric Opera of Chicago, and now just beginning at the Kennedy Center, is an expression of the concepts most important to me now: how arts institutions can serve the communities they inhabit, expand programming, and develop audiences with new initiatives.  I’m thrilled to share the stage with Chicago colleague, Theaster Gates, who has been an inspiration to me and to many others.”

Renée Fleming, courtesy of the artist

Chicago-based artist, musician, and activist Theaster Gates works to stretch the idea of what we understand visual art to be. Trained as both a sculptor and an urban planner, his work is rooted in social responsibility. Gates is the founder of the Rebuild Foundation and a Professor in the Department of Visual Arts, University of Chicago. For his most acclaimed work, Dorchester Projects, Gates transformed a cluster of buildings on Chicago’s South Side into alternative cultural spaces that now serve as vibrant centers of community life. Last fall he opened the Stony Island Arts Bank on the South Side, a platform for site-specific contemporary art commissions and exhibitions, a venue for artist and scholar residencies, and a home for Rebuild’s archives and collections. It serves as a space for neighborhood residents to preserve, access, re-imagine, and share their heritage—and as a destination for artists, scholars, curators, and collectors to research and engage with South Side history. 

“The Aspen Ideas Festival is always a time when some of the greatest minds living come together to think out loud,” Gates said. “I hope that in participating, I'm able to more clearly articulate the things I believe in while deepening the relationships that have become key to my successes.” 

Theaster Gates, courtesy of the artist

The Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence program was inaugurated in July 2006 to ensure that the valuable ideas and perspectives of leading artists are shared in the Institute’s ongoing “Great Conversation”—in discussions related to arts and culture, but also in those related to the myriad other vital issues the program addresses, from urban development, education, and race to citizenship, domestic politics, and foreign policy. 

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