Carrie Mae Weems and Carl Hancock Rux

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Carrie Mae Weems. Photo: Jerry Klineberg; Carl Hancock Rux. Photo: Kate Swann

Lectures & Symposia

Carrie Mae Weems and Carl Hancock Rux: Welcome and Presentation

Saturday, April 26, 2014 @ 11 am

Exhibition artist Carrie Mae Weems welcomes guests to the second day of Carrie Mae Weems LIVE: Past Tense/Future Perfect, a three-day gathering of innovative thinkers and creators that will illuminate and enliven the three-decade retrospective of her work that runs through May 14. Writer, performer, recording artist, theater director, and author, Carl Hancock Rux serves as cohost.

This program will be livestreamed at

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.

Carl Hancock Rux is a writer, performer, recording artist, theater director, and author. His writing includes the awardwinning collection of poetry Pagan Operetta (1998), the Obie award–winning play Talk (2002), and the novel Asphalt (2004). He conceived and wrote the libretto for the forthcoming opera Makandal, which will make its world premiere at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse in fall 2014. Rux has also been a visiting professor at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island; Hollins University, Roanoke, Virginia; and University of Iowa, Iowa City, and former head of the MFA Writing for Performance Program at the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia.