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Story, Word, Sound, Sway: Carisa Bledsoe & Schroeder Cherry

In Performance & Conversation

Left: Carisa Bled­soe in a black trench coat, pink beanie, and blue swimsuit with a noose around her neck on a stage. Right: Schroeder Cherry holding Ms. Maya O'Pinion, a rod puppet

Thursday, January 28, 2021
1:00 – 2:30 pm


Virtual Event


Lecture / Discussion
Open to the public
Free of charge

Join Stamps Gallery for back-to-back virtual performances by artists and Stamps School of Art & Design alumni Carisa Bledsoe (BFA Interarts 14) and Schroeder Cherry (BFA 76). The performances are part of the exhibition Story, Word, Sound, Sway, featuring artists using performance, movement, text, sound, and design to interrogate systems of oppression and interrupt the status quo.

Bledsoe (she/​her/​they) will present a new iteration of their performance What the Tide Brought In,’’ first performed at the Yellow Barn in Ann Arbor in 2014 shortly before Bledsoe graduated from U‑M. Since its inception, What the Tide Brought In” has been performed at venues across the US and France, morphing each time to address the site specificity of the venue and moment in time.

Cherry (he/​him/​his) will be in performance with his handmade puppets that have made appearances at the Studio Museum of Harlem, Baltimore Museum of Art, and Smithsonian Institution’s Anacostia Museum amongst other notable venues. Cherry’s performances have been enchanting and educating audiences of all ages since the 1970s when Cherry first started performing while an apprentice to a puppet master in Chicago during college. Performances will be followed by a conversation with the artists in dialogue with exhibition curators Jennifer Junkermeier-Khan and Moteniola Ogundipe, a current Stamps student. The conversation will be accompanied by a live Q&A.

Story, Word, Sound, Sway is on view at Stamps Gallery from January 18 — February 28, 2021. For more information, contact Jennifer Junkermeier-Khan at jenjkhan@​umich.​edu.


Stamps events are free and open to the public, and we are committed to making them accessible to all attendees. This event will be online using the Zoom platform with an auto-generated Live Transcript available. If you anticipate needing any additional accommodations to participate, please email jenjkhan@​umich.​edu at least one week in advance of the scheduled event so we can arrange for your accommodation or an effective alternative. After receiving your request, our team will follow up with you directly.

Image: Carisa Bledsoe (left), Schroeder Cherry (right). Photos courtesy of the artists.