CANTOR ARTS CENTER AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY
invites you to preview this unforgettable exhibition
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.
Artist’s Lecture: Carrie Mae Weems
Wednesday evening, October 16, 6:30 pm, FREE
Acclaimed contemporary artist and photographer Carrie Mae Weems discusses her art on the opening day of her retrospective, Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video. Learn more
Thursdays, 12:15 pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 2 pm, through January 5, FREE
Dance Performance: “Being Scene”
Thursday, November 7, performance, 6 pm, reception and discussion in Cantor auditorium, 7 pm, FREE
This performance is staged in galleries throughout the museum and presents work developed this fall in a course taught by Aleta Hayes, lecturer in the dance division of Theater and Performance studies. The performance also draws from the Cantor exhibition Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video. Learn more
First Large-Scale Retrospective Devoted to Acclaimed Artist Carrie Mae Weems
Exhibition features more than 100 works tracing Weems’s career as an artist and social activist
October 16–January 5, 2014 at Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University
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. A Broad and Expansive Sky—Ancient Rome from Roaming; 2006. Digital chromogenic print; 73 x 61 in. Private collection; Portland; Oregon. © Carrie Mae Weems.
– 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.
– Carrie Mae Weems. Untitled (Man and mirror) from Kitchen Table Series, 1990. Archival pigment print, 40 x 40 in. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. © Carrie Mae Weems.