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: Fred Wilson, Hung Liu, Mark Anthony Neal, Maren Hassinger

Friday, April 25, 2014 @ 3:15 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 choreographer Camille A. Brown, painter Hung Liu, and Duke University Professor of Black Popular Culture Mark Anthony Neal.

This program will be livestreamed at

Fred Wilson is an artist whose installations and interventions encourage viewers to reconsider social and historical narratives and raise critical questions about the politics of erasure and exclusion. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 1999.

Hung Liu is a Chinese-born painter who immigrated to the United States in 1984. Liu subjects the documentary authority of historical Chinese photographs to the slower, reflective process of painting to liberate cultural and personal narratives.

Mark Anthony Neal is Professor in the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

Maren Hassinger is a visual artist who creates installations, performances, public artworks, sculptures, and videos that focus on societal change.