Frankie Knuckles' record collection is on display at Gagosian's New York gallery

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  • Assembled by Chicago artist Theaster Gates, the installation features 5,000 records from the late artist's collection.
  • Frankie Knuckles' record collection is on display at Gagosian's New York gallery image
  • The work of Frankie Knuckles is being celebrated at the Gagosian gallery in New York's Chelsea neighbourhood. Presented by Chicago artist Theaster Gates as part of a group exhibition called Social Works, the installation features 5,000 records from the late artist's personal collection. Selected works include test and promo pressings from Knuckles' heyday alongside notes from friends such as Danny Tenaglia. On a pressing of his 1995 release Hard & Soul, Tenaglia wrote "Frankie, not only is it my pleasure to know you personally, it's a pleasure to be able to let you know how much you inspire me." Knuckles' collection is also being digitized for archival purposes by Russell E.L. Butler. Often referred to as "the godfather of house music," Knuckles was a house DJ and producer renowned for popularising the genre in its early stages. For more on his legacy, revisit our 2013 feature. Check out some records from the installation and read more about the display here.
    Organised by writer and curator Antwaun Sargent, Social Works will run at Gagosian's 555 West 24th Street gallery until August 13th.