"Plantation Lullabies" is the second installment in the Hirshhorn’s Processions series, four collaborative performances organized by artist Theaster Gates that introduce unexpected and unexplored connections between sacred music, African and African American culture and history, theater, world dance and chant. Inspired by the harmonies and expansive artistry of Meshell Ndegeocello’s influential 2014 album “Comet, Come to Me,” Gates invited Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist Mikel Avery, soprano Ellaina Lewis, and DC-based musician Samuel Prather, to create an evening of musical expression that defies categorization. Working on stage at the Hirshhorn, the artists responded through music and movement to the legacy of what Gates refers to as “negrobilia”—vintage cultural objects that depict stereotypical and caricatured images of people of color, created over a hundred years of U.S. history. October 13, 2017 "Processions" has been made possible with support from the Sidney E. Frank Foundation. Additional support has been provided by The Skanby + Gould Foundation.