Edisa Weeks hosts Roots Party and work-in-progress showing

While in residence, Edisa Weeks will engage with the community through a variety of Entrypoints, including a work-in-progress showing, two museum visits, and an invitation to community members to assist her in making set pieces to be used in the work.

A work-in-progress showing will take place on Monday, March 9 at 3:35pm in the Black Box studio in Montgomery Hall, in conversation with Dr. Hannah Schwadron’s Graduate Research seminar and Professor Joséphine Garibaldi’s composition class. This showing is open to the public, so please RSVP to info@mancc.org to reserve a seat.

She will also host a Roots Party to which she will invite people to join her in the journey of making 1,865 roots out of paper and twine. She has previously held these Roots Parties at Mount Tremper Arts, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Gibney, and in partnership with Urban Bush Women at RestorationART. The roots are for the performance installation, 3 RITES: Liberty, and will dangle from the ceiling to the floor to create an environment that the audience separates and moves through, to find open spaces containing reflections on liberty. 3 RITES: Liberty examines the pathologizing of African-Americans by psychiatry and the foundations of liberty in America. You can watch a Roots Party here.

The Roots Party will take place on Tuesday, March 3 from 5:30pm-9pm in Studio 301 in Montgomery Hall. Please RSVP to info@mancc.org to reserve your space.

To further her research, Weeks will also visit the Knott House Museum in Tallahassee and, with her collaborative team, will participate in the Invisible Lives tour at Goodwood Museum and Gardens, which focuses specifically on the experiences and perspectives of enslaved people.