Welcome to Summer Season 2020  REVIVE !

We launch the summer season with the re-opening of the Carr Center Gallery and the extension of our most recent installation, GRAILS: The Sole and Black Culture, an intimate look at the people who collect, covet, create and consume sneakers.

GRAILS will be on exhibit Wednesday through Saturday, NOON – 5pm, until August 16th. Wearing a mask during your visit is required. Register here for your timed tickets.

Next up, in partnership with the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, we will co-present a live stream concert featuring gifted classical pianist Michelle Cann, on July 18th at 8pm. Register here:
https://www.chambermusicdetroit.org/michelle-cannMichelle’s performance will include a piano sonata by Florence Price, who is the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer, and the first to have a composition played by a major orchestra.

On Wednesday, August 22nd at 6:30 pm we kick -off CITIZEN : In Pictures, a 5 part film series, curated by Michelle Materre, founder of Creatively Speaking and Associate Professor of Media Studies and Film at the New School and hosted by Carr Center Resident Artist, Juanita Anderson.

CITIZEN: In Pictures, is a film series curated to reflect Claudia Rankine’s award-winning book Citizen: An American Lyric.

Rankine’s work is brilliant, a composite of  poetry, essay and visual art that boldly indicts America’s racial hypocrisy and sheds light on the tenuous relationships that exist between black American’s and this county.

CITIZEN: In Pictures, will feature five extraordinary films that visually speak to the themes presented in Ms. Rankine’s book:

  • July 22: Black America Again, by Bradford Young
  • July 29: For Paradise, by Elizabeth Webb
  • August 5: Black Panther a.k.a. Off the Pig, produced and distributed by Third World Newsreel
  • August 12th: Diasporadical Trilogia, by Blitz the Ambassador
  • August 19th: Women’s Work from the Diaspora – Charcoal, by Francesca Andre and Auntie, by Lisa Harewood

Each one hour program will begin at 6:30 pm and will feature Ms Rankine herself, reading sections from her book, followed by the film screening and a talk back with the filmmaker.

On July 31st and August 1st, we will host an exciting two-day sequence of dialogues called Revival Service .

In the Protestant tradition revival meetings are held to inspire and rejuvenate the church body to stir up passions and bolster faith.  Our Revival Service will be immersive, idea driven, virtual gatherings. The goal is to engage discussion about this moment in our history, its relationship to our shared past, and the role that artists must continue to play in the struggle against injustice.

And on August 8th the Carr Center Presents …. Terri Lyne Carrington in a Virtual Concert with Special Guest Artist Danilo Pérez, Part I .

Terri Lyne is fresh off of her recent triple win in DownBeat magazines 2020 Critics Poll For Jazz Artist of the Year, Jazz Album of the Year and Jazz Group of the Year for her visionary masterpiece Waiting Game, which artistically absorbs the Black Lives Matter movement … addressing racism, homophobia, prison conditions, gender issues and more.

This concert is one of the first that she has performed in since the onset of Covid-19 and we are thrilled to include it in our summer season. This concert will include, Grammy Award winning and Smithsonian Legacy Artist, jazz pianist Danilo Pérez, as her special guest.

Our entire 2020 Summer Season is being made available for FREE thanks to our sponsors:
The Erb Foundation, The Ford Foundation  and The Kresge Foundation, with additional support from the Hudson Webber Foundation, Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Council for Arts Cultural Affairs and Culture Source.

Details for ALL of these events and a few more surprises will be available on our website starting this week so make sure to bookmark and visit us frequently at www.thecarrcenter.org

We look forward to seeing you this summer!
the Carr Center