Please join us as Marvin Tate reveals a new body of work, including new sculptures and assemblages.
Born in Chicago on December 27, 1959, Marvin Tate is a noted self-taught artist from Chicago. He is known for his biographical art in the form of assemblage, portraits and landscapes composed of found objects and fragments from everyday life. A North Lawndale native, Tate grew up in a home without a TV or radio, where the family entertained one another with songbooks and reading aloud. Tate spent hours exploring abandoned buildings, walking the streets of changing neighborhoods and playing in his mother’s closet, all existential journeys filled with fear, excitement and materials that would later inform his work. Finding beauty in obscure settings is a major theme in Tate’s narrative, which speaks of personal and family history while addressing a broader collective memory through social and political commentary.