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Carrie Mae Weems LIVE: Past Tense/Future Perfect at the Guggenheim Museum 4/25-27

This is MAJOR! These are all incredibly gifted artists and creators all helping to celebrate the FIRST major retrospective at the Guggenheim of a black artist. There is no where else in the planet to be during these events.

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Carrie Mae Weems LIVE: Past Tense/Future Perfect
at the Guggenheim Museum

Artist Hosts Three Days of Art, Activism, Music, Literature, and Performance on April 25–27 in Celebration of Her Current Retrospective

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents Carrie Mae Weems LIVE: Past Tense/Future Perfect, a weekend of public programs that includes interviews, music, panels, spoken word, videos, and other performances. Weems, a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, assembles an all-star cast of activists, artists, musicians, writers, and other internationally renowned guests in a series of museum sessions on the occasion of the current retrospective Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video, on view at the Guggenheim through May 14. Cohosted by Weems and Carl Hancock Rux, a poet, playwright, and recording artist, this multidisciplinary performance-salon focuses on contemporary cultural production by people of color in the areas of architecture, dance, film, literature, music, theater, and visual art, and the discourses around this production. Poets Elizabeth Alexander and Aja Monet, along with spoken-word artists Saul Williams and Greg Tate, will punctuate the proceedings with poetry and manifesto readings. Program details, ticketing information, and access to the livestream are available on





The schedule is as follows and is subject to change:

Friday, April 25, 11am–6pm
Peter B. Lewis Theater
Cohosted by Carrie Mae Weems and Carl Hancock Rux

11 am Opening remarks
11:10 am Tribute to Terry Adkins, late conceptual artist and saxophonist, by musicians Vijay Iyer, Vincent Chancey, Dick Griffin, Marshall Sealy and Kiane Zawadi
12 pm Welcome and presentation by Carrie Mae Weems
12:30 pm The Blue Notes of Blues People: presentations by visual artists Rick Lowe and Julie Mehretu, and landscape designer Walter Hood
1:30 pm The Blue Notes of Blues People: presentations by social media practitioner Aina Abiodun; visual artists Leslie Hewitt and Shinique Smith; Thomas Lax, Assistant Curator, The Studio Museum; and feminist scholar Michele Wallace
2:30 pm Talk by Marinella Senatore, an artist and activator who invites public participation in her work
3:15 pm The Blue Notes of Blues People: presentations by choreographer Camille A. Brown; visual artists Hung Liu and Shahzia Sikander; and Mark Anthony Neal, Duke University Professor of Black Popular Culture
4:15 pm The Blue Notes of Blues People: presentations by visual artists Sanford Biggers, Lyle Ashton Harris, Maren Hassinger, and Xaviera Simmons
5:15 pm At the Intersection of Blackness and Shifting Identities: documentary filmmaker John Akomfrah discusses his film The Stuart Hall Project
8 pm Jason Moran and The Bandwagon
A conversation between Jason Moran and Carrie Mae Weems precedes a concert by the jazz trio featuring Moran (piano), Nasheet Waits (drums), and Tarus Mateen (bass). A reception and an exhibition viewing follow the performance.
$35, $30 members, $15 students

Saturday, April 26, 11 am–6 pm
Peter B. Lewis Theater
Cohosted by Carrie Mae Weems and Carl Hancock Rux

11 am Welcome by Carrie Mae Weems
11:15 am Proposal reading from participants in the inaugural Black Artists Retreat [B.A.R.], an event organized by Theaster Gates, artist and Arts and Public Life director (University of Chicago), and held in Chicago in 2013
11:30 am Barbara Chase-Riboud, artist, novelist, and poet, and Paul Carter Harrison, playwright and scholar of African American theater, in conversation
12:30 pm Artists Charles Gaines and Carrie Mae Weems in conversation
1:30 pm Written on Skin: Posing Questions on Beauty a conversation led by author, curator, educator, and photographer Deborah Willis featuring writer Michaela Angela Davis, artist Awol Erizku, photographer Gerard H. Gaskin, art educator Sandra Jackson-Dumont, writer Maaza Mengiste, and professor Richard J. Powell
2:30 pm Slow Fade to Black: Explorations in the Cinematic with filmmakers Lisa Cortes and Shola Lynch
3:30 pm Laughing to Keep from Crying: A Critical Read on Comedy with writer, filmmaker, and cultural historian Nelson George
4:30 pm Talk by Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem
5 pm Talk by Okwui Enwezor, Director, Haus Der Kunst (Munich), and Director, Visual Arts Section, International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, 2015
8 pm Theaster Gates, Carrie Mae Weems, and the Geri Allen Trio
A lively conversation between artists Theaster Gates and Carrie Mae Weems about artistic practice, community, and the politics of urban development concludes with a special performance by the Geri Allen Trio, featuring Geri Allen (piano), Kenny Davis (bass), and Kassa Overall (drums). A reception and exhibition viewing follow the performance.
$35, $30 members, $15 students

Sunday, April 27, 11 am–2 pm
Rotunda and museum galleries

11 am Habla Lamadre, a procession led by visual artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons in collaboration with composer Neil Leonard
12 pm Performance by jazz trombonist and composer Craig Harris
1 pm Closing remarks by Carrie Mae Weems

Daytime programs are free with museum admission: adults $22, students/seniors (65+) $18, members and children under 12 free. Museum Hours: Sun–Wed, 10 am–5:45 pm, Fri, 10 am–5:45 pm, Sat, 10 am–7:45 pm, closed Thurs. On Saturdays, beginning at 5:45 pm, the museum hosts Pay What You Wish.
Evening program tickets are on sale beginning on March 25; $35, $30 for members, $15 students. For tickets, call 212 423 3587 or visit For general information, call 212 423 3500 or visit the museum online at and

Carrie Mae Weems LIVE: Past Tense/Future Perfect is supported by the Ford Foundation, Agnes Gund, the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, and the Eileen Harris Norton Foundation.

Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video is organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Tennessee. This exhibition is supported in part by The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. The Leadership Committee for Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video is also gratefully acknowledged for its support, including Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, Robert Menschel Vital Projects, and Jack Shainman Gallery, as well as Henry Buhl, Crystal R. McCrary and Raymond J. McGuire, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Toby Devan Lewis, Louise and Gerald W. Puschel, and Miyoung Lee and Neil Simpkins. Additional funding is provided by the William Talbott Hillman Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Public programs are supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
March 26, 2014

Lauren Van Natten, Associate Director, Media and Public Relations
Molly Stewart, Media and Public Relations Associate
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
212 423 3840


Image: Carrie Mae Weems, Josephine Baker, Lena Horne, and Katherine Dunham (from Slow Fade to Black), 2010–11. Inkjet prints, 49 x 37 inches (124.5 x 94 cm), each. Collection of the artist, courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery, New York © Carrie Mae Weems


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