PERFORMANCES Grace Notes: Reflections for Now Friday and Saturday, September 9–10, 8:00 pm University Theatre, 222 York Street
Acclaimed photographer and video artist Carrie Mae Weems presents a powerful and provocative new work—rooted in poetry and her stunning projections and featuring music, song, and spoken word—that examines themes of social justice, race, and identity in the context of our historical moment. Weems, a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, has spent a lifetime reflecting on these issues and addresses them in her work with a force and clarity unmatched in contemporary art.
Grace Notes: Reflections for Now, originally conceived as a response to President Barack Obama’s singing of “Amazing Grace” during his eulogy for Reverend Clementa Pinckney, one of the victims of the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, brings together a cast of extraordinary artists from different disciplines, including composer/musician Craig Harris, composer James Newton, poet Aja Monet, writer and theater artist Carl Hancock Rux, dancer Francesca Harper, and singers Alicia Hall Moran, Imani Uzuri, and Eisa Davis. In the current climate of civic and political unrest, Weems asks and explores complicated questions about the meaning of grace and its role in the pursuit of democracy.
Tickets are required and are available for purchase at yalerep.orgor 203.432.1234.
Grace Notes: Reflections for Now is co-sponsored by the following: Office of the President; Andrew Carnduff Ritchie Fund; Yale Center for British Art; Yale University Art Gallery; Yale Repertory Theatre/No Boundaries; Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration; Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library; Yale Institute of Sacred Music; Afro-American Culture Center; Alumni Diversity and Inclusion Task Force; Department of African American Studies; Department of the History of Art; Initiative on Race, Gender and Globalization; Intercultural Affairs Council; Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale; Office of the Associate Dean for the Arts in Yale College; Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life; Saint Thomas More, the Catholic Chapel and Center; Yale Alumni Arts League; Yale Black Alumni Association; Yale Chaplain’s Office; Yale College Dean’s Office; Yale Divinity School; Yale School of Art; Yale School of Music; and Yale University Office of New Haven and State Affairs. It was commissioned by Spoleto Festival USA, curated by Sarah Lewis, and premiered at the College of Charleston Sottile Theatre in June 2016.