The Kennedy Center


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.

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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, and video projection with original music by music director and composers Craig Harris, James Newton, and Edward Ruchalski. 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 grace in the face of racism and violence.

The performance, first commissioned by the Spoleto Festival, makes its D.C. premiere with a cast of talented artists from wide disciplines, including singers Nona HendryxAlicia Hall MoranImani 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.