Past Event


November 10, 2021
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Our 11/10/21 event with Carrie Mae Weems & Ayana Mathis has been postponed. It will be rescheduled later in the semester. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The Mellon Arts Project , African American & African Diaspora Studies Department (AAADS) and Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS) in support of the Student Workers of Columbia (SWC-UAW Local 2110) in their graduate workers strike have postponed our scheduled public events until further notice.
If you would like more information about the strike, consult with their website  which includes a FAQ page.

Thank you ,
BAD Staff




Sponsored by The Mellon Foundation & the Mellon Arts Project at Columbia University

Event presented virtually via ZOOM

The Black Arts Dialogues (BAD) is curated by prize-winning author, New York Times Best-Seller and Oprah Winfrey Book Club novelist, Ayana Mathis. This program features a series of one-on-one conversations between Mathis and distinguished Black artists of various disciplines. From musicians to visual artists, filmmakers to fashion designers, actors to dancers, the Dialogues celebrate Black artists as thought leaders and culture makers who shape history, society, and aesthetics. BAD is a venue for artists to talk about their creative process, challenges, and goals, all within the larger context of Black art as a profound force in the US and around the world. The series will be accessible to audiences at Columbia and the public at large.

Fall 2021- Speaker Bio

Carrie Mae Weemsis a multidisciplinary artist working across a wide variety of media, particularly through photography, audio, text, and installation. Her body of work centers on her overarching commitment to helping us better understand our present moment by examining our collective past. Spanning over thirty-five years, her prolific career has received a multitude of awards, grants, and fellowships including the MacArthur Fellowship in 2013. In 2019, Ms. Weems received her first solo exhibition in five parts in Toronto, Canada and her work has been featured in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Solomon Guggenheim Museum, where she was the first African American woman to hold a retrospective show, and the Frist Center for Visual Art, among many others. Recently, the artist created RESIST COVID/ TAKE 6!, a public art campaign in response to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black, Latino, and Indigenous communities, and is currently Artist in Residence at the Park Avenue Armory and Syracuse University.

The event will be closed captioned.
This event will be recorded and available on our YouTube channel

Please email [email protected] to request any additional disability accommodations.
Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.