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Carrie Mae Weems

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Carrie Mae Weems

Thu, Apr 5, 2018 4:30 PM

Investigations of cultural identity, politics, and the social consequences of power inform Carrie Mae Weems's 35-year practice across photography, film, video, performance, text, and textiles. Throughout her many bodies of work, and with an acute sense of how subjectivity and the camera shape cultural narratives, Weems has consistently brought people together to examine the very things that keep them apart.

The recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2013, Weems (born 1954, Portland, Oregon) has been the subject of major exhibitions internationally, including the traveling retrospective Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video (2013–14). Recent projects such as The Shape of Things and Grace Notes: Reflections for Now (2017) have explored the impact of violence on African Americans and on culture at large. As Holland Cotter of the New York Times has noted, “Ms. Weems has long been one of our most effective visual and verbal rhetoricians. When she tackles complex subjects in complex ways, the results are…deeply stirring.” Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from one of the most influential and engaged artists of our time.

Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Humanities and Arts Discovery Theme pilot project Contemporary Art and Its Publics and the Department of Art’s Living Culture Initiative and Visiting Artist Program.

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