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: Thomas J. Lax, Shinique Smith, Leslie Hewitt, Michele Wallace

Friday, April 25, 2014 @ 1:30 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 Assistant Curator at the Studio Museum Thomas J. Lax, inter-disciplinary visual artists Shinique Smith and Leslie Hewitt, and feminist scholar Michele Wallace.

This program will be livestreamed at

Thomas J. Lax is Assistant Curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Shinique Smith is a visual artist whose work has been the subject of solo exhibitions and significant group exhibitions, such as Freeway Balconies, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2008).

Leslie Hewitt is an artist who creates photography, sculpture, and site-specific installations. Her work is in the Guggenheim Museum’s permanent collection.

Michele Wallace is the author of Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman (1990) and Dark Designs and Visual Culture (2004), and the daughter of Faith Ringgold.