Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video
On view October 16–January 5, 2014
This is the first major museum retrospective devoted to contemporary artist and photographer Carrie Mae Weems—widely acclaimed as one of today’s most eloquent and respected interpreters of the African American experience. More than 100 photographs, installations, and videos offer an unprecedented and compelling survey of Weems’s 30-year involvement with issues of race, gender, and class. Don’t miss the lecture by Carrie Mae Weems on Wednesday, October 16 at 6:30 pm. Details about the lecture and a dance performance are below. Press release is online and pasted in below.
Wednesday evening, October 16, 6:30 pm, FREE
Thursdays, 12:15 pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 2 pm, through January 5, FREE
Thursday, November 7, performance, 6 pm, reception and discussion in Cantor auditorium, 7 pm, FREE
– OPEN: Wednesday–Sunday 11 am–5 pm and Thursday evenings until 8 pm
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Stanford, Calif. — The first major museum retrospective devoted to contemporary artist Carrie Mae Weems—widely acclaimed as one of today’s most eloquent and respected interpreters of the African American experience—opens October 16 at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. More than 100 intellectually challenging and aesthetically compelling photographs, installations and videos offer an unprecedented survey of Weems’s 30-year exploration of the universal human journey, especially as affected by race, gender and class. Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video remains on view at the Cantor until January 5, 2014. It then continues its national tour and moves to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City.
Comprehensive in scope, the exhibition traces the evolution of Weems’s career from her early documentary and autobiographical photographic series to the more conceptual and philosophically complex works that have placed her in the forefront of contemporary art. Major themes that have engaged Weems are all included—personal narrative, the legacy and locales of slavery, contemporary perceptions of African Americans and the universal struggle for equality.
– Carrie Mae Weems. Afro-Chic (video still), 2010. DVD, 5 minutes, 30 seconds. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. © Carrie Mae Weems.