Artist's Statement


Concerned with stepping out of the gallery and interested in reaching a broader public, what started as the naming of a flower for Du Bois has blossomed into A Proposal for The Du Bois Memorial Garden. For their project, visual artist Carrie Mae Weems and landscape architect Walter Hood have created a proposal for the design of a Du Bois Memorial Garden on the campus of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In this exhibition they consider the planned site, its surrounding landscape, and its meaning. Consisting of drawings, large-scale photographs, small floral studies, and a video projection, the project suggests the possible directions for the final garden and considers types of gardens: formal, casual, floral, sculptural, and even vertical gardens. While Weems made the photographs and crafted the video projection based on Du Bois’s trip to China, Hood produced a series of imaginative drawings invoking the possible aesthetic dimensions of a contemplative garden space. Working closely with Hollingsworth Farms and the American Peony Society, Weems has named a new variety of peony in honor of Du Bois. This flower, which she calls the Peony of Hope, will anchor the garden. It will become available to the general public in September 2013, thereby allowing thousands of garden enthusiasts to engage in a lasting and sustained memory of Du Bois.









Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Art Angels (Community Foundation of Western Mass)

UMass Class of 1961 Artists Residency Program

University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries -- Special Collections and University Archives -- 
W.E. B. Du Bois Collection