Chase-Riboud, Gaines, Harrison, and Weems

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Carrie Mae Weems, Device 1 (from Listening Devices), 2012 (detail). Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York © Carrie Mae Weems

Lectures & Symposia

Barbara Chase-Riboud, Charles Gaines and Paul Carter Harrison in Conversation with Carrie Mae Weems

Saturday, April 26, 2014 @ 11:45 am

As part of Carrie Mae Weems LIVE: Past Tense/Future Perfect, the acclaimed visual artist, poet, and bestselling novelist Barbara Chase-Riboud, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow Charles Gaines, and playwright and scholar of African American theater Paul Carter Harrison speak with Carrie Mae Weems.

This program will be livestreamed at

Barbara Chase-Riboud is an internationally acclaimed poet, visual artist, and writer, and the recipient of the Carl Sandburg Poetry Prize for American poetry. She authored the bestselling novel Sally Hemings (1979), which first promoted awareness of Hemings’ life.

Charles Gaines is an artist who explores the relationship between aesthetics, politics, language and systems, who has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe.

Paul Carter Harrison is an award-winning playwright and director, and an educator and scholar of African American theater. He is currently serving as Artist/Scholar in Residence at Emory University, Atlanta, where he guides the research project Critical Vocabulary for African Diasporic Expressivity.

Carrie Mae Weems is an artist who has long been acclaimed as one of the most eloquent and respected interpreters of African American experiences, and who continues to be an important influence for many young artists today. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions organized by major institutions and included in several important international exhibitions. Weems’s numerous awards and honors include a Smithsonian Fellowship (1987); National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Grant (1994–95); and Medal of Arts from the U.S. State Department (2012), and she was named a 2013 MacArthur Fellow. Weems was born in Portland, Oregon, earned an MFA from the University of California, San Diego in 1984, and lives and works in New York.