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African American Voices: Carrie Mae Weems: The Gallery

About

Hello! And welcome to the online exhibition African American Voices: Carrie Mae Weems.

Through Artstor, we have selected a number of photographs from various collections and installations. Weems' art investigates the lives of ordinary African Americans in the mid-20th century, as well as historical violence against black people, especially women. 

In her own words, from her website: "Considered one of the most influential contemporary American artists, Carrie Mae Weems has investigated family relationships, cultural identity, sexism, class, political systems, and the consequences of power. Determined as ever to enter the picture—both literally and metaphorically—Weems has sustained an on-going dialogue within contemporary discourse for over thirty years. During this time, Carrie Mae Weems has developed a complex body of art employing photographs, text, fabric, audio, digital images, installation, and video."

Take a look through the gallery of images below, and check out resources tab to learn more about Carrie Mae Weems and her art.

The Art

Africa: Gems and Jewels Series

African Jewels (Installation)

Carrie Mae Weems. 1993, printed 2009. Africa:Gems and Jewels Series (Installation), detail. Photographs. https://library.artstor.org/asset/LARRY_QUALLS_10313743516.

three girls in a field surrounded by flowers

After Manet

Carrie Mae Weems. 2002. After Manet. Photographs. https://library.artstor.org/asset/LARRY_QUALLS_10311782598.

May Flowers

Carrie Mae Weems. 2002. May Flowers. Photographs. https://library.artstor.org/asset/LARRY_QUALLS_10311782600.

woman in a textile factory, smiling gleefully

Family Pictures and Stories "Momma at Work"

Carrie Mae Weems. 1979. Family Pictures and Stories "Momma at Work". Photograph. https://library.artstor.org/asset/ARTSTOR_103_41822001369212.

man turned away from camera, letter A typed over his back

DNA Backs

Carrie Mae Weems. 1999. DNA Backs. Photographs, Film, Audio, Video and Digital Art. https://library.artstor.org/asset/LARRY_QUALLS_10311784798.

man turned away from camera with letter C typed over his back

DNA Backs

Carrie Mae Weems. 1999. DNA Backs. Photographs, Film, Audio, Video and Digital Art. https://library.artstor.org/asset/LARRY_QUALLS_10311782596.

woman turned away from camera with letter T typed over her back

DNA Backs

Carrie Mae Weems. 1999. DNA Backs. Photographs, Film, Audio, Video and Digital Art. https://library.artstor.org/asset/LARRY_QUALLS_10311782595.

woman turned away from camera, letter G typed on her back

DNA Backs

Carrie Mae Weems. 1999. DNA Backs. Photographs, Film, Audio, Video and Digital Art. https://library.artstor.org/asset/LARRY_QUALLS_10311784799.

This black and white photograph shows two figures within the marbled halls of a government building, perhaps a court house. A woman leans back on a balustrade while a man stands near by. The lighting is quite dramatic.

In the Halls of Justice (Dreaming in Cuba Series)

Carrie Mae Weems. 2002. In the Halls of Justice (Dreaming in Cuba series). Photographs. Place: University of Florida: Harn Museum of Art, Museum purchase, funds provided by the Caroline Julier and James G. Richardson Acquisition fund and the 2004 Photo Forum Acquisition Fund. https://library.artstor.org/asset/AHARNIG_10313997303.

man reading newspaper triptych

Untitled (Man Reading Newspaper), from the Kitchen Table Series

Carrie Mae Weems. 1990. Untitled (Man Reading Newspaper), from the series Kitchen Table. Photographs. Place: Collection of Eileen and Peter Norton. https://library.artstor.org/asset/LARRY_QUALLS_10310505859.

woman standing at a kitchen table under an overhead light, looking directly into the camera

Untitled (Woman Standing) from the Kitchen Table Series

Carrie Mae Weems. 1990. Untitled (Woman standing) from the "Kitchen Table" Series. Photographs. Place: Seattle Art Museum, Gift of Vascovitz Family. https://library.artstor.org/asset/AWSS35953_35953_41318507.

man and woman at kitchen table, eating lobster. woman is holding man's face in her hand gently

Untitled (Eating Lobster) from the Kitchen Table Series

Carrie Mae Weems. 1990. Kitchen Table Series: Untitled: Eating Lobster. Photograph. https://library.artstor.org/asset/ARTSTOR_103_41822000269835.