The Blue Notes of Blues People

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Carrie Mae Weems, Untitled (Colored People Grid), 2009–10 (detail). 11 inkjet prints and 31 colored clay papers, dimensions variable overall; individual components: 25.4 x 25.4 cm each. Collection of Rodney M. Miller © Carrie Mae Weems

Lectures & Symposia

The Blue Notes of Blues People: Rick Lowe, Julie Mehretu, Walter Hood, Aina Abiodun

Friday, April 25, 2014 @ 12:30 pm

As part of Carrie Mae Weems LIVE: Past Tense/Future Perfect, a diverse collection of artists, scholars, and practitioners working in different disciplines give rapid-fire presentations of their work in what promises to be a whirlwind of distilled artistic intent. This session includes Rick Lowe, whose Project Row Houses puts urban renewal practices within an artistic context, painter Julie Mehretu, and professor and landscape designer Walter Hood, and digital culture pioneer Aina Abiodun.

This program will be livestreamed at

Rick Lowe is an artist and activist who has developed socially engaged projects nationally and internationally, including Project Row Houses in his hometown of Houston, Texas.

Julie Mehretu is an Ethiopian-born artist who has received international recognition for her work, including the American Art Award from the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2005), MacArthur fellowship (2005), Guna S. Mundheim Berlin Prize in the Visual Arts from the American Academy in Berlin (2007), and Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation Award (2013). Her paintings are in the Guggenheim Museum’s permanent collection. @JulieMehretu

Walter Hood is an artist, educator, and environmental designer, and Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning and Design, University of California, Berkeley. @HDHoodDesign

Aina Abiodun is a storyteller and cofounder of StoryCode. @ainaabiodun