In March 2019, Grace Farms Foundation will present two public programs featuring distinguished artist Carrie Mae Weems. On March 23, the Foundation will stage a site-responsive showing of Past Tense, a performance-based work exploring enduring themes including social justice, power structures, and cultural identity. Prior to this, Weems will host a lecture about her prodigious body of work on March 15. These events at the award-winning building at Grace Farms mark the beginning of an extended residency, with details to be announced at a later date.
“Grace Farms Foundation is honored to welcome Carrie Mae Weems, one of the most important artistic voices of our time, and to help share her evocative work with the public,” said Sharon Prince, Chair and President of Grace Farms Foundation. “Her decades-long meditations on recurrent subjects, including violence, systems and consequences of power, and sexism resonate with the Foundation’s core initiatives. Her interdisciplinary work will add a new perspective in our mission to create more grace and peace in the world.”
Past Tense incorporates music, text, projection, and video to re-examine the story of Antigone, Sophocles’ Greek tragedy. The March 23 production will feature singers Eisa Davis, Francesca Harper, and Imani Uzuri; poet Carl Hancock Rux; dancer Vinson Fraley; and musicians Craig Harris, Eddie Allen, Calvin Jones, Adam Klipple, James Brandon Lewis, and Tony Lewis. Tickets to the 7 p.m. performance are $25 and are available online at gracefarms.org.
About Carrie Mae Weems
Through image and text, film, video, photography design, installation, performance along with her many convenings with individuals across a multitude of disciplines, Carrie Mae Weems has created a complex body of work that encourages an examination of the past to understand the present. Weems has received a multitude of awards, grants, and fellowships including the MacArthur grant; US Department of State’s Medals of Arts; Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome; the National Endowment of the Arts; and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, among many others. Major solo exhibitions of Carrie’s work include Carrie Mae Weems: The Museum Series, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2014), and Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, and traveled to: Portland Art Museum, Oregon; Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University; Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2013 – 2014. She is represented in public and private collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Tate Modern, London, England; the Museum of Modern Art, NY and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.