Black Contemporary Art Walk: Carrie Mae Weems
Sunday, February 16, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM (EST)
New York, NY
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
2:00 PM Museum visit and Tour led by Kimberly Drew, Black Contemporary Art
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Avenue
New York NY 10128
Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video
Carrie Mae Weems is a socially motivated artist whose works invite contemplation of race, gender, and class. Increasingly, she has broadened her view to include global struggles for equality and justice. Comprehensive in scope, this retrospective primarily features photographs, including the groundbreaking Kitchen Table Series (1990), but also presents written texts, audio recordings, and videos. The exhibition traces the evolution of Weems’s career over the last 30 years, from her early documentary and autobiographical photographic series to the more conceptual and philosophically complex works that have placed her at the forefront of contemporary art. Although Weems employs a variety of means to address an array of issues, all of her work displays an overarching commitment to better understanding the present by closely examining history and identity. It also contains a desire for universality: while African Americans are typically her primary subjects, Weems wants “people of color to stand for the human multitudes” and for her art to resonate with all audiences.
4:00 PM Museum visit
Studio Museum in Harlem
144 W 125th Street
New York NY 10027
Carrie Mae Weems: The Museum Series
Carrie Mae Weems: The Museum Series presents an intimate look at an ongoing series that Weems began in 2006. The artist stands, with her back turned to the camera, in proximity to some of the world's leading museums and cultural institutions. The resulting images act as ruminations on the collecting and exhibiting practices of these sites.
The Museum Series (2006–present) shows Weems, shrouded in black, traveling to domestic locations, such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Project Row Houses in Houston, as well as outside of the United States to the Tate Modern, London; the Pergamon Museum in Berlin; and the Galleria Nazionale D'Arte Moderna in Rome. The images are complicated by her position as an artist in relationship to these institutions as well as by the constellation of race and gender inequality, agency and access that surround them. Implicated in each photograph by virtue of size and physical position, the viewer is asked to question the manner by which cultural institutions affirm or reject certain histories through their collecting and display decisions.
*The Studio Museum in Harlem is FREE every Sunday but group admission for Guggenheim Museum will be $10. Please be sure to buy the correct ticket when making your reseveration.