Carrie Mae Weems
Carrie Mae Weems has worked toward developing a complex body of art that has employed photographs, text, fabric, audio, digital images, installation, and video over the past thirty years. Her work has led her to investigate family relationships, gender roles, the histories of racism, sex- ism, class, and various political systems. Weems has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions at major national and international museums, including the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Most recently, her work was the focus of a major retrospective, Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video. The exhibition began its run at the Frist Center for Visual Arts in Nashville, and ended its five-museum tour at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in May 2014. Weems has received numerous awards, grants, and fellowships, including the prestigious Prix de Roma, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Alpert, the Anonymous was a Woman, and the Tiffany Awards. In 2012, Weems was presented with one of the first U.S. Department of State’s Medals of Arts in recognition of her commitment to its Art in Embassies program. In 2013 Weems was a recipient of the MacArthur “Genius Grant” and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2014 she received the BET Honors Visual Artist award. She is represented in public and private collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Weems has been represented by Jack Shainman Gallery since 2008.