- Elly Fishman
- Table talk
“Tonight we are introducing the black sacrament,” announced artist Theaster Gates as trays of chitlins were passed around to his 30 captive guests. “Poor people were always given leftovers,” Gates said, scanning the room filled with Chicago culturati, friends, and art enthusiasts, “Tonight is a way of remembering our legacy and valuing that history.” Gates cues the Black Monks of Mississippi, a music ensemble he founded in 2008, who sing a song about the ghosts of cultural life on Stony Island. This began the second of five FEAST dinners hosted by Gates at his south-side community-based arts initiative, Dorchester Projects.