Sunday, February 01, 2015

Carrie Mae Weems talk: Monday, 2 February 2015

Carrie Mae Weems
Carrie Mae Weems, Untitled (Colored People Grid), 2009-10. Full credit

Monday, February 2
Carrie Mae Weems
Bunny and Charles Burson Distinguished Visiting Lecture
Color: Real and Imagined
6p Reception, Kemper Art Museum
6:30p Lecture, Steinberg Auditorium

Artist Carrie Mae Weems will deliver the Bunny and Charles Burson Distinguished Visiting Lecture, titled Color: Real and Imagined, as part of the Sam Fox School Public Lecture Series.

Over the past thirty years, Weems has worked toward developing a complex body of art that has employed photographs, text, fabric, audio, digital images, installation, and video. Her work has led her to investigate family relationships, gender roles, the histories of racism, sexism, class, and various political systems. All of her work reflects an overarching commitment to better understanding the present by closely examining history and the social fabric of identity. While African Americans are often her subjects, she wants "people of color to stand for the human multitudes" and for her art to resonate with all audiences.

Weems has received numerous awards and grants, ranging from the Prix de Roma to the US Department of State's Medal of Arts to a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant," which she discusses in the video above.


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