Carrie Mae Weems
Carrie Mae Weems has focused on family relationships, gender roles, the histories of racism, sexism, class, and various political systems. Her work is found in major museum collections across the country. Her retrospective exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum will tour the country through 2014.
Carrie Mae Weem's installation (in collaboration with landscape architect Walter Hood) evolved out of a collaborative project with Hollingsworth Peonies and The American Peony Society. Weems was given the honor of naming a new species of Peony--a flower native to China-- in honor of W.E.B. Du Bois and his work in China. The William E.B. Du Bois flower or The Flower of Hope is featured in this proposal for a Du Bois memorial garden which would be placed on the grounds of the University of Massachusetts campus. This installation features video, photographic portraits of flowers related to the peony as well as imaginative renderings in two and three dimensional models of the memorial garden by Hood. The Flower of Hope will soon be available to interested gardeners for generations to come.