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Carrie Mae Weems: Grace Notes: Reflections for Now

Friday, October 20, 2017 8:00 PM

JFK Centennial Celebration Jazz

Visual artist Carrie Mae Weems and diverse artists offer a provocative performance of music, song, text, spoken word, and video projection that explores the implications of race and violence in communities across America.


$19 - $65

Run Time

1 hour, 40 minutes


Acclaimed visual artist Carrie Mae Weems has created and narrates this meditative and provocative new work rooted in music, song, video, dance, and spoken word with original music by composers James NewtonCraig HarrisEdward Ruchalski, and Nona Hendryx. Inspired by President Obama singing “Amazing Grace” in the wake of the 2015 mass shooting that killed nine African American members of a church in Charleston, SC, Grace Notes explores the implications of race and violence in communities across America.

The performance, first commissioned by the Spoleto Festival, makes its D.C. premiere with a cast of talented artists from wide disciplines, including music director and composer Craig Harris; singers Nona HendryxAlicia Hall Moran, Imani Uzuri, and Eisa Davis; poets Carl Hancock Rux and Aja Monet; and dancer Francesca Harper.

This engagement is part of JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy, the Kennedy Center's yearlong programming initiative marking the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's birth and legacy, inspired by five ideals frequently attributed to America's 35th President: Courage, Freedom, Justice, Service, and Gratitude.

Performance Timing: 1 hour, 40 minutes, with no intermission.

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