This Wednesday, Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center will be hosting a retrospective exhibition.
The large-scale retrospective is in devotion to contemporary artist Carrie Mae Weems, one of today’s most widely acclaimed interpreters of the African American experience. Over 100 intellectually challenging and aesthetically compelling photographs, installations and videos, tracing the evolution of Weem’s career, that spans from her early documentary and autobiographical photographic series to more conceptual and philosophically complex works. Each offering a survey of Weems’s 30 year exploration of the universal human journey, especially those affected by race, gender, and class.
The exhibiton is also a feature of works separated in organized in chronological themes, opening with Weems’ earliest documentary photographic series, Family Pictures and Stories (1987-84). This is followed by the politically overt Ain’t Jokin’ (1987-88) and American Icons (1988-89) series, where the perpetuation of African-American stereotypes in mainstream culture is explored. Next is the career-defining Kitchen Table Series (1990), where text and images are used to narrate the story of a modern black woman (which Weems herself portrays), and From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried (1995-96), where pseudo-anthropological studies used to justify racism and exploitation of black Africans are explored.
The exhibition also includes works in later series including the Sea Islands Series (1991-92), Italian Dreams (2006), and Slow Fade to Black (2010). The Carrie Mae Weems exhibition is on view until January 5th. Log on to museum.stanford.edu for more information.