CHICAGO — Sorry, School of the Art Institute students. It looks like Kanye West will not be teaching at the Chicago institution, despite the hip-hop artist's assertion on Twitter to the contrary.
"I will teach a course at the Art Institute of Chicago and the American Academy of Art," West tweeted Sunday night amid a flurry of tweets about Chicago cultural institutions.
"We're flattered that Mr. West would have an interest in teaching emerging artists and designers at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago," the school's public relations director, Bree Witt, responded in a statement. "However, Mr. West is not currently teaching at SAIC, and at this time, there are no plans for him to do so."
West also tweeted that he would "do" Chicago Comedy Jam and "restore the Regal Theatre," likely referring to the historic and shuttered Avalon Regal Theatre in the South Shore neighborhood, which has had a rocky path toward potential restoration. (Tickets remain for Chi City Comedy Jam Oct. 5-6 at the Arie Crown Theatre, and no mention of involvement by West could be found.)
Another Chicago-related West tweet said the Chicago-area native had visited Theaster Gates' Stony Island Arts Bank last week and found it "super inspiring."
"We're honored that Kanye has found so much inspiration in the work that Rebuild Foundation is doing in Chicago and beyond, and we welcome others to visit this unique space," said Tregg Duerson, chief operating officer of Rebuild Foundation, the Arts Bank's parent organization, in a statement.
I will teach a course at the Art Institute of Chicago and the American Academy of Art— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) September 10, 2018
But still one more Kanye tweet may provide the firmest clue to the reason for the flurry of apparently speculative messages."We're putting a Yeezy office in Chicago," he said. Two new editions of the Kanye-Adidas Yeezy sneakers will drop on Sept. 15 and 21.