Carrie Mae Weems Will Organize ‘Day-Long Convening’ at New York’s Park Avenue Armory on the History of Violence

Carrie Mae Weems Will Organize ‘Day-Long Convening’ at New York’s Park Avenue Armory on the History of Violence

Maximilíano Durón for ARTNEWS - 17 November 2017

Multimedia artist Carrie Mae Weems will present a full-day gathering of artists, musicians, poets, activists, and intellectuals on Sunday, December 17, at the Park Avenue Armory in New York, where she is currently an artist in residence. The project, called “The Shape of Things” and billed as a “convening of creative minds,” will look at different histories of violence, a recurrent theme in Weems’s work as of late, and how they have impacted contemporary American society.

The participants in “The Shape of Things,” who have worked at the intersection of art and social engagement for years, will offer presentations, talks, concerts, poetry readings, a sound room, art installations, and a screening room for videos and films around this central topic. They include artists Tania Bruguera, Arthur Jafa, Malik Gaines, Theaster Gates, and Hank Willis Thomas, playwright Lynn Nottage, poet Elizabeth Alexander, curator and writer Kimberly Drew, composer Marvin Sewell, actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith, juvenile justice reformer Adam Foss, and urban revitalization strategist Majora Carter, among many others.

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