Grace Notes: Reflections for Now

Jun 1, 2016

Carrie Mae Weems, 2013.
Credit John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

  Always focused on social justice, acclaimed visual artist Carrie Mae Weems offers up Grace Notes: Reflections for Now, a provocative performance of music, song, text, spoken word, and video projection that explores our historical moment. For this seminal performance, Weems brings together such artists and consummate intellectuals as composers and musicians James Newton, Geri Allen, and Craig Harris, along with poet Aja Monet, writer Carl Hancock Rux, and singers Alicia Hall Moran, Imani Uzuri, and Eisa Davis.

Originally conceived as a gift to President Obama, who sang a rendition of “Amazing Grace” during his eulogy for Emanuel AME Church victim Reverend Clementa Pinckney, this immersive experience asks: what is the role of grace in the pursuit of democracy?