The vinyl collection of Frankie Knuckles will go on display in new Chicago cultural centre, Stony Island Arts Bank.
The Arts Bank is the project of Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates. As Art News report, Gates bought the building, formerly a bank, from the city of Chicago in 2012 for $1. It’ll open on October 3rd to coincide with the start of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Knuckles’s records will feature alongside a number of other collections, with Gates calling it a “repository for African American culture and history.”
“This is a new kind of cultural amenity, a new kind of institution—a hybrid gallery, media archive and library, and community centre,” Gates says. “It is an institution of, and for, the South Side—a laboratory for the next generation of black artists and culture-interested people; a platform to showcase future leaders—be they painters, educators, scholars, or curators.”
Frankie Knuckle’s influence on the city of Chicago, as well as house music as a whole, is undeniable. From eponymous streets to non-other than President Barack Obama dedicating a day to his memory, Frankie Knuckle’s legacy as a DJ and Chicagoan is as symbiotic as one can be. Knuckles’ passed away in 2014 at the age of 59, and was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
Knuckles, a legend of Chicago house music, died in 2014 at the age of 59.