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Chicago-based contemporary artist #TheasterGates (b. 1973) produces socially engaged art through a practice that includes sculpture, architecture, installation, and performance. In Gates's "Civil Tapestry" series, he constructs sculptural works from flattened, decommissioned fire hoses. The worn yellow hoses that comprise "Hose for Fire and Other Tragic Encounters" (2014, pictured center) are stamped with numbers and text such as "Angus Supply Hose," reminding viewers that they once served as fire hoses. This material recalls the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, and specifically the Birmingham campaign of 1963, during which time pro-integration demonstrators were violently hosed by civic authorities.
This work is currently on view the contemporary galleries in our main museum building. #RediscoverMenil #BlackHistoryMonth #BHM