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Carrie Mae Weems LIVE: Past Tense/Future Perfect

In conjunction with Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video, on view at the museum through May 14, join Carrie Mae Weems as she hosts an all-star cast on April 25–27 for a weekend of programs focusing on contemporary cultural production in the areas of dance, film, literature, music, theater, and visual art. This multidisciplinary performance-salon features musicians, artists, activists, writers, and other renowned guests throughout a three-day celebration of spirit and ideas.

Poet, playwright, and recording artist Carl Hancock Rux will join Carrie Mae Weems as cohost on Friday and Saturday, and artists, poets, and writers Elizabeth Alexander, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Todd Gray, Aja Monet, and Sarah Lewis will punctuate the proceedings with poetry, performances, and readings of manifestos. Download the Carrie Mae Weems LIVE brochure (PDF) to learn about the program lineup.

Daytime programs are free with museum admission ($22 general admission, $18 students, free for members). Museum opens at 10 am. Programs begin at 11 am. Start times for daytime programs are approximate and programs subject to change.

On Friday and Saturday, two ticketed programs, one featuring Jason Moran and The Bandwagon and one featuring Theaster Gates, Carrie Mae Weems, and the Geri Allen Trio, will be held after the museum closes. See the listings below for more information.

Selected programs on Friday and Saturday will be livestreamed at

Box office policy.

Read more about Carrie Mae Weems LIVE: Past Tense/Future Perfect on Guggenheim Blogs.

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.

Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video is organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Tennessee. This exhibition is supported in part by The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. The Leadership Committee for Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video is also gratefully acknowledged for its support, including Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, Robert Menschel Vital Projects, and Jack Shainman Gallery, as well as Henry Buhl, Crystal R. McCrary and Raymond J. McGuire, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Toby Devan Lewis, Louise and Gerald W. Puschel, and Miyoung Lee and Neil Simpkins. Additional funding is provided by the William Talbott Hillman Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Public programs are supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Image: Carrie Mae Weems, Josephine Baker, Lena Horne, and Katherine Dunham (from Slow Fade to Black), 2010–11. Inkjet prints, 125 x 94 cm each. Collection of the artist, courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery, New York © Carrie Mae Weems


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