Carrie Mae Weems LIVE: Past Tense/Future Perfect

Carrie Mae Weems LIVE: Past Tense/Future Perfect

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Carrie Mae Weems, Josephine Baker, Lena Horne, and Katherine Dunham (from “Slow Fade to Black”), 2010–11. Inkjet prints, 49 1/4 x 37 inches (124.5 x 94 cm) each. Collection of the artist. Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. © Carrie Mae Weems.

March 29, 2014

Carrie Mae Weems LIVE: Past Tense/Future Perfect
Friday, April 25–Sunday, April 27, 2014

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
5th Ave at 89th St
New York City 

In conjunction with the exhibition Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video, on view through May 14, 2014, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is pleased to announce Carrie Mae Weems LIVE: Past Tense/Future Perfect, a weekend of public programs that includes interviews, music, panels, performance, spoken word, videos, and more. Weems, a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, assembles an all-star cast of activists, artists, musicians, writers, and other internationally renowned guests for a series of museum sessions based on her exhibition. 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 dance, film, music, theater, and visual art, and the discourses around this production.

Daytime programs are free with museum admission and select Friday and Saturday programs will be available via livestream at

Program highlights:

Friday, April 25, 11am–6pm
Welcome by Carrie Mae Weems and Carl Hancock Rux
Tribute to Terry Adkins by musicians Vijay Iyer, Vincent Chancey, Dick Griffin, Marshall Sealy, and Kiane Zawadi
The Blue Notes of Blues People, presentations by Aina Abiodun, Sanford Biggers, Camille A. Brown, Lyle Ashton Harris, Maren Hassinger, Leslie Hewitt, Walter Hood, Thomas J. Lax, Hung Liu, Rick Lowe, Julie Mehretu, Mark Anthony Neal, Shahzia Sikander, Xaviera Simmons, Shinique Smith, and Michele Wallace
Talk by Marinella Senatore, artist and activator
John Akomfrah and The Stuart Hall Project: At the Intersection of Blackness and Shifting Identities, a talk by documentary filmmaker John Akomfrah about his acclaimed film The Stuart Hall Project

Friday, April 25, 8pm
Jason Moran and The Bandwagon
A conversation between Jason Moran and Carrie Mae Weems precedes a concert by Jason Moran and The Bandwagon, featuring Moran (piano), Nasheet Waits (drums), and Tarus Mateen (bass). A reception and an exhibition viewing led by teen docents follow the performance. For tickets visit

Saturday, April 26, 11am–6pm
Welcome by Carrie Mae Weems
[B.A.R.] Proposal Reading
Barbara Chase-Riboud and Paul Carter Harrison in Conversation
Charles Gaines and Carrie Mae Weems in Conversation
Written on Skin: Posing Questions on Beauty, a conversation led by artist and writer 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
Slow Fade to Black: Explorations in the Cinematic with filmmakers Lisa Cortés and Shola Lynch
Laughing to Keep from Crying: A Critical Read on Comedy with author Nelson George 
Talk by Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem
Talk by Okwui Enwezor, Director, Haus Der Kunst, Munich, and Director, Visual Arts Section, International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, 2015

Saturday, April 26, 8pm
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. For tickets visit

Sunday, April 27, 11am–2pm
Habla Lamadre, a processionled by artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons in collaboration with composer Neil Leonard
Performance by Craig Harris, jazz trombonist and composer 
Closing Remarks by Carrie Mae Weems

Programs are subject to change. Visit or follow #WeemsLIVE on Twitter for the latest updates.

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.


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