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  • December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM
    December 31, 1969
    7:00 PM

Carrie Mae Weems

Born in Portland, OR, 1953
Lives and works in Syracuse, NY

Carrie Mae Weems

For more than 25 years, Carrie Mae Weems has explored themes of race, gender relations, and family history in her installations.  Recently, the award-winning visual artist teamed up with the critically acclaimed jazz pianist Geri Allen on Flying toward the Sound (2010). Weems produced images and videos for Allen’s amazing solo piano excursions.

Watch Weems video for Geri Allen’s “Faith Carriers of Life” from Flying toward the Sound.

Visiting artist Carrie Mae Weems speaks at the Corcoran, November 12, 2011.


1987 M.A., University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
1984 M.F.A., University of California, San Diego, CA
1981 B.F.A., California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2010 Carrie Mae Weems: Estudios SocialesCarrie Mae Weems: Social Studies, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain
Slow Fade to Black, Jack Shainman Gallery, NY
2009 A Survey, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY
2008 Constructing History: A Requiem to Mark the Moment, The ACA Gallery of Savannah College of Art,
Woodruff Art Center, Atlanta, GA; traveling to Red Gallery, Savannah, GA
2005 Carrie Mae Weems: To Be Continued, The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA;
traveled to Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA
2004 The Louisiana Project and Dreaming in Cuba, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
2003 The Louisiana Project, Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA; traveled to
Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA; Museum of the African Diaspora, San
Francisco, CA; The Hyde Collection, Glen Falls, NY; DePaul University Art Museum, Chicago, IL;
Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA; Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL [cat.]
2000 Carrie Mae Weems: The Hampton Project, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA; traveled
to International Center of Photography, New York, NY; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; The Nelson-
Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO; University Art Museum, California State University, Long
Beach, CA; Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH [cat.]

Selected Group Exhibitions

2010-2012 The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl, Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Traveled to: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Miami Art Museum, Florida; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle.
2010-2011 Embodied: Black Identities in American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery, David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland, College Mark. Traveled to: Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut. (Catalogue)
2011 Posing Beauty: African American Images From the 1980s to the Present, Newark Museum, New Jersey. (Catalogue)
Seeing Now: Photography Since 1960, Baltimore Museum of Art, MD
Stargazers: Elizabeth Catlett in Conversation with 21 Contemporary Artists, Bronx Museum, New York. (Catalogue)
Bodyscapes, Mechanical Hall Gallery, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Conversations: Photography from the Bank of America Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.
The Deconstructive Impulse: Women Artists Reconfigure the Signs of Power (travelling exhibition), Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. Previously exhibited:Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; Neuberger Museum, Purchase College, New York.
2010 Posing Beauty in African American Culture, Williams College Museum of Art, MA
From Then To Now
: Masterworks of Contemporary African American Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH
The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC
Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography, MoMA, NY
2009 International Incheon Women Artists Biennial (IWAB), Seoul, Korea
Signs taken for Wonder, Jack Shainman Gallery, NY
2008–2009 Across the Divide: Reconsidering the Other, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL
2008 Burning Down The House, Brooklyn Museum, NY.
Modern Lives
, Curated by Dana Friis-Hansen, Austin Museum of Art, TX .
Black Womanhood, The Hood Museum, Hanover NH.
Highlights of the Permanent Collection, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY.
We’re All In This Together, Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA
2007 Photography and the Self: The Legacy of F. Holland Day, Whitney Museum of American Art,
New York, NY
2006 Legacies: Contemporary Artists Reflect on Slavery, New York Historical Society, New York, NY
Out of Time: A Contemporary View, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2005 African Queen, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

Selected Collections

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

30 Americans is organized by the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. The presenting sponsor at the Corcoran Gallery of Art is Altria Group.

Additional support has been provided by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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