chapter  10
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A show of hands: The spectacle of apprenticeship


In 2013, Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates presented Soul Manufacturing Corporation as part of a group exhibition at London’s Whitechapel Gallery, in which he invited skilled potters to train apprentices in a working pottery studio in the exhibition space.1 This was not the first time that Gates (2014) had exhibited what he describes as ‘an ever-evolving corporation that values makers, designers, and skills’; the work had previously been installed at Locust Projects, Miami (2012); and the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia (2013).