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Carrie Mae Weems: Kitchen Table Series

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Carrie Mae Weems, artist

Made only a few years after Carrie Mae Weems received her MFA in 1984 from the University of California, San Diego, Kitchen Table Series consists of 20 staged photographs depicting Weems and others seated at a table. Endowed with a keen sense of how to transform her body into an expressive tool, Weems used the photographs to tell the story of a woman’s life as seen through the intimate space of the kitchen—the traditional sphere of women and a site of sanctuary, creation, shared experiences, and emotional honesty. In this lecture held in conjunction with the installation of Kitchen Table Series in the East Building of the National Gallery of Art and the performance Grace Notes: Reflections for Now at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Weems shares the experience of creating this seminal body of work.

A book signing of Carrie Mae Weems: Kitchen Table Series follows.

This program is made possible by the James D. and Kathryn K. Steele Fund for Photography.

This program is coordinated with Now Be Here #4, DMV, the fourth and final US iteration of a project to gather female and female-identifying visual artists for a group photograph of historic proportions.

Lecture-related events are free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-seated basis. Registration is not required.

Image: Carrie Mae Weems, Kitchen Table Series: Untitled (Woman with Friends), Untitled (Man and Mirror), Untitled (Woman Feeding Bird), 1990, platinum prints, printed 2003, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of the Collectors Committee, and Robert B. Menschel and the Vital Projects Fund © Carrie Mae Weems. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

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