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: Xaviera Simmons, Sanford Biggers, Lyle Ashton Harris, Camille A. Brown

Friday, April 25, 2014 @ 4:15 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 four interdisciplinary artists whose practice encompasses photography, video, installation, sculpture, collage, and performance.

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Xaviera Simmons is an artist whose body of work includes installation, performance, photography, sculpture, sound, and video. Her work is in the Guggenheim Museum’s permanent collection. @xavierasimmons

Sanford Biggers is a visual artist and Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at Columbia University, New York.

Lyle Ashton Harris is an artist whose work explores intersections between the personal and the political, examining the impact of ethnicity, gender, and desire on the contemporary social and cultural dynamic. His art is in the Guggenheim Museum’s permanent collection.

Camille A. Brown is a choreographer whose work melds dance, theater, and visual elements to excavate ancestral stories. Her current projects include choreography for the new musical The Fortress of Solitude and Marcus Gardley’s new play THE BOX: A Black Comedy, and her dance work Black Girl, which premieres in 2015 at the Joyce Theater. She performs with pianist Scott Patterson in this program.