Theaster Gates, Carrie Mae Weems, and the Geri Allen Trio

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Left: Theaster Gates. Photo: Sara Pooley, courtesy the artist. Right: Geri Allen. Photo: Shott Soderberg, courtesy the artist

Concerts & Performances

Theaster Gates and Carrie Mae Weems in Conversation, Performance by the Geri Allen Trio

Saturday, April 26, 2014 @ 8 pm

The artist Theaster Gates, an innovator in the field of social practice and a professor at the University of Chicago, speaks with current exhibition artist Carrie Mae Weems about artistic practice, community, and the politics of urban development.

Following the lively discussion, Geri Allen, an internationally known pianist and composer, performs with her trio, which includes Kenny Davis on bass and Kassa Overall on drums.

Reception and viewing of Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video follows the concert.

$35, $30 members, $15 for students with valid ID

In the case of a sold out event, standby numbers are available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning 30 minutes before the start of Public Programs. Each person is given one number (good for one ticket), and may hold a number for one other person. After ticket-holders have been seated, numbers will be called in order and stand-by tickets will be sold as space allows. Please contact 212 423 3587 for more information.

Carrie Mae Weems LIVE: Past Tense/Future Perfect is supported by the Ford Foundation, Agnes Gund, the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, and the Eileen Harris Norton Foundation.

Theaster Gates is an artist and innovator in the field of social practice, known internationally for his work on Chicago’s South Side, which includes the establishment of the Dorchester Projects (2009), Black Cinema House (2012), Stony Island Arts Bank (forthcoming), and Dorchester Artists Housing Collaborative (forthcoming). Gates founded the nonprofit Rebuild Foundation, and his projects in museums and in communities respond creatively to the challenges of space. In 2013 Gates opened the Arts Incubator in Washington Park, Illinois, a 1920s building renovated to accommodate artist residencies, education, and community-based arts projects, as well as exhibitions, performances, and talks, all of which are directed by the University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life initiative.

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.

The Geri Allen Trio comprises pianist and composer Geri Allen, bassist Kenny Davis, and drummer Kassa Overall. Geri Allen is Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, and was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2008–09. The first recipient of the Soul Train Lady of Soul Award for jazz, Allen was also the first woman, and youngest person, to receive the Danish Jazzpar Prize. The newly released album Geri Allen and Timeline Live features Allen, Davis, Overall, and tap percussionist Maurice Chestnut.