Project Description

Carrie Mae Weems

Weems produces art that addresses formal and political issues encircling African-American culture and focuses on the ways in which images shape our perception of color, gender and class. She explores existing genres of photography, particularly documentary imagery, and manipulates these conventions with complexity and wit. Whether focusing on personal or cultural history, on Africa or on traces of the Diaspora, Weems’ interest in the narratives implied in photographs presses further through the use of cluster and sequence. Using narrative as a counterpoint to imagery, she recounts stories and myths and invents texts. Provocatively, she moves marginalized voices smack into the middle of contemporary discourse.

 

BORN
1953 Portland, OR

EDUCATION
1984 MFA, University of California, San Diego, CA
1981 BA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

HONORS AND AWARDS
2013 Medal of Arts Award, U.S. State Department
2013 Lifetime Achievement Award in the Fine Arts, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Washington, D.C.
2011 Honorary Doctorate, Smith College, Northampton, MA
2007 Skowhegan Medal for Photography, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
2005 Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize Fellowship, American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy
2002 Pollack Krasner Foundation grant in Photography
1996 The Alpert Award for Visual Arts
1994 National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Grant
1983 California Arts Council Grant
1981-85 University of California Fellowship Award

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2014 Carrie Mae Weems: The Museum Series, Studio Museum in Harlem, NY
2014 Carrie Mae Weems: 3 Decades of Photography and Video, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN. Travelled to Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University, Paolo Alto, CA; Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY. Curated by Katie Delmez
2012 Maddening Crowd, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
2011 Carrie Mae Weems: Slow Fade to Black, Williams College Museum of Art, North Adams, MA
2011 Carrie Mae Weems: Kitchen Table Series, Art Institute of Chicago, IL
2010 Carrie Mae Weems: Social Studies, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Seville, Spain, curated by Elvira Dyangani Ose
2010 Carrie Mae Weems: Slow Fade to Black, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY
2008 Constructing History: A Requiem to Mark the Moment, organized by ACA Gallery of Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA; Galerie Pfriem SCAD-Lacoste, France; Red Gallery, Savannah, GA; Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA.
2007 Carrie Mae Weems: A Survey, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY
2007 All About Eve: Women, Sex, and Desire, Neil L and Angelica Zander Rudenstine Gallery, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
2006 Art on the Edge: Carrie Mae Weems- To be Continued, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA.  Traveled to Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA; Joe and Emily Lowe Art Gallery, Syracuse, NY.  Curated by Wyona Lynch-McWhite
2005 Carrie Mae Weems: Photographs and Video Installation, Ann Tower Gallery, University of Kentucky, Lexington, curated by Janie Welker
2005 Carrie Mae Weems: Forms of Memory, Lowe Art Gallery, Syracuse, NY
2005 Coming Up for Air: 8 Video Works, (film screenings), Checkerboard Foundation, New York, NY
2005 Speak to Me, Say Something (film screening), Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
2004 Dreaming in Cuba and The Louisiana Project, Spelman University Art Museum, Atlanta, GA
2004 Coming Up for Air, Meaning & Landscape (film screenings), MoMAFilm at the Gramercy, NY
2004 May Days Long Forgotten (DVD), Lobby Video Project, MoMAQns, Queens, NY
2004 The Hampton Project, Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Ferndale, MI
2004 The Jefferson Suite, University of Virginia Art Museum, Charlottesville, VA
2003 The Louisiana Project, Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans
2003 May Flowers Long Forgotten & A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That, P·P·O·W, New York, NY
2003 A Certain Kind of Love, P.C.O.G. Gallery, New York, NY
2003 Self & Soul: The Architecture of Intimacy, Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC
2002 Project Space, Beacon Cultural Project, Beacon, NY
2002 From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC
2002 Africa Series, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, Reno, NV
2002 Ritual & Revolution, University Arts Gallery, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
2002 The Jefferson Suite, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park, PA
2001 Photographic Visions of Carrie Mae Weems, Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts, Etonville, FL
2001 The Jefferson Suite, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
2001 Carrie Mae Weems: Mirrors and Windows, BGSU Fine Arts Center Galleries, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
2000 Carrie Mae Weems: The Hampton Project, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA. Traveling to: International Center of Photography, New York, NY; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO; University Art Museum, University of California, Long Beach, CA; Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
1999 Ritual & Revolution, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
1999 Telling Histories: Installations by Ellen Rothenberg and Carrie Mae Weems, Boston University Art Gallery, Boston, MA
1999 The Jefferson Suite, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
1998 Recent Work: Carrie Mae Weems 1992-98, Everson Art Museum, Syracuse, NY
1998 Who What When Where, Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris, NYC
1998 Ritual & Revolution, DAK’ART 98: Biennale of Contemporary Art, Galerie Nationale d’Art, Dakar, Senegal
1998 Ritual & Revolution, Berkeley Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, CA
1998 Ritual & Revolution, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
1998 Harriet Tubman Museum of Art, Macon, GA
1997 2nd Johannesburg Biennale, Africus Institute for Contemporary Art, Johannesburg, South Africa
1997 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
1997 Cline LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
1996 From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, P·P·O·W, New York, NY
1996 Carrie Mae Weems: The Kitchen Table Series, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
1996 From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
1996 Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL
1996 From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
1996 From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, The Bunting Institute, Cambridge, MA
1995 Carrie Mae Weems Reacts to Hidden Witness, J. Paul Getty Museum of Art, Malibu, CA
1995 Projects 52, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1994 The Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hannover, NH, organized by William Dooley; traveled to: Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL; Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL; Schneider Museum of Art, Southern Oregon State College, Ashland, OR; McKissick Museum, GA; Museum of Art, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
1993  Sea Islands, Linda Cathcart Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1993 Sea Islands, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
1993 New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA
1993 Traveling One Person Exhibition, Carrie Mae Weems, curated by Andrea Kirsh and Susan Fisher Sterling. Traveled to: The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC; The Forum, St. Louis, MO; Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Afro-American Museum, Los Angeles, CA;Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH; Center for the Fine Arts, Miami, FL; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
1992 Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC
1992 And 22 Million Very Tired and Very Angry People, Walter/McBean Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
1992 Family, Pictures and Stories, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH/
1991 Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
1991 Trustman Gallery, Simmons College, Boston, MA
1991 And 22 Million Very Tired and Very Angry People, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
1991 Matrix Gallery, Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, CT
1991 Family Pictures and Stories, curated by Perry Nesbitt, Albright College, Reading, PA
1991 Carrie Mae Weems: Two Works, curated by Phyllis Lutjeans, University of Southern California at Irvine, Irvine, CA
1991 Family Pictures and Stories, curated by Wendy Kaplan, Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA
1990 Calling Out My Name, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY; traveled October, P·P·O·W, New York, NY
1989 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
1987 Hampshire College Art Gallery, October, Amherst, MA
1984 Family Pictures and Stories, Multi-Cultural Gallery, San Diego, CA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2014 Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, The Studio Museum, Harlem, NY
2013 Everyday Ephiphanies: Photography and Daily Life Since 1969, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
2013 Classless Society, Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
2013 Tell it to My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault, Artist Space, New York, NY
2012 This Will Have Been: Love & Politics in the 1980s, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL. Traveled to Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Boston, MA; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
2012 Blues for Smoke, organized by Bennett Simpson and presented at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA. Traveled to The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
2012 At the Edge: Recent Acquisitions, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
2012 Octagon Gallery video installation, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
2012 Performing for the Camera, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ, curated by Heather Lineberry
2012 The Annual: 2012, National Academy Museum, New York, NY
2012 28 Days, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2012 African Americans and the American Scene, 1929-1945, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA
2011 Narrative Interventions in Photography, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2011 Conversations: Photography from the Bank of America Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA Traveled Museo del Novencentro, Milan, Italy; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
2011 Converging Voices, Transforming Dialogue: Selections from the Elliot and Kimberly Perry Collection, University Museum, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX
2011 Unsettled: Photography and Politics in Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
2011 Bodyscapes, Mechanical Hall Gallery, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
2011 Stargazers: Elizabeth Catlett in Conversation with 21 Contemporary Artists, Bronx Museum, New York, NY
2011 Safety in Numbers?: Images of African American Identity and Community, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
2010 The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl, Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham, NC
2010 Off the Wall: Part 1- Thirty Performative Actions, organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
2010 Pink, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
2010 Afro Modern: Journeys Through the Black Atlantic, Tate Liverpool, United Kingdom
2009 Across the Divide: Reconsidering the Other, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL
2009 Signs Taken for Wonder, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY
2008 Burning Down the House, Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
2008 Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. Traveled to Tate Liverpool, United Kingdom.  Curated by Ann Temkin.
2008 Black Womanhood: Images, Icons, and Ideologies of the African Body, The Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH. Traveled to Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA; San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
2007 Blacks in and Out of the Box, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2007 More than One, Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
2007 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang: 45 Years of Art and Feminism, Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, Bilbao, Spain
2007 Hidden in Plain Sight, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
2007 Regarding Intimacy, The Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery, Hunter College, NY, Curated by Saul Robbins
2007 New Media/New Materials: Highlights in Contemporary Art from the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
2007 Making the Ephemeral Concrete: Directing for the Stage, Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
2007 Still I Rise: African American Art from the Collection, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
2007 Embracing Eatonville, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI
2006 Legacies: Contemporary Artists Reflect on Slavery, New York Historical Society, New York, NY
2006 The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Dain Rauscher Art Collection, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
2006 Black Alphabet: Contexts of Contemporary African-American Art, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland
2006 Group Dynamic- Portfolios, Series, and Sets, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
2006 Blank Panther Rank and File, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA. Traveled to Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
2005 Double Exposure: African American Before and Behind the Camera, Wadsworth Antheneum, Hartford, CT. Traveled to Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA; DePaul University, Chicago, IL. Curated by Lisa Henry and Frank Mitchell
2005 Portraits of the Black Experience, The Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, OH
2005 Figuratively Speaking, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
2005 African Queen, The Studio Museum, Harlem, NY
2004 Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art Since 1970, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
2004 Social Studies: Eight Artists Address Brown V. Board of Education, Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS
2004 Revealed/Concealed, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE
2004 Pavilhao de Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal
2003 Through the Looking Glass: Women and Self-Representation in Contemporary Art, The Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State University, PA
2003 Cuba on the Verge, International Center of Photography, New York, NY
2003 Only Skin Deep, International Center of photography, New York, NY
2003 Pictures From Within: American Photographs, 1958-2002, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
2003 Crimes and Misdemeanors: Politics in U.S. Art of the 1980’s, Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, Ohio
2003 Bronx Public Art: The Spotlight Series, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY
2003 On the Wall: Wallpaper and Tableau, touring exhibition to The RISD Museum, Providence, RI and The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA
2003 SiteSpecific, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
2003 Selections: Photography, The Anthony Giordano Gallery, Dowling College, Oakdale,NY
2003 Skin Deep, Numark Gallery, Washington DC
2003 Self & Soul: The Architecture of Intimacy, Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC
2003 Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, Leica Gallery, New York, NY
2003 Flesh Tones: 100 Years of the Nude, Robert Mann Gallery, New York, NY
2003 The Auroral Light, Photographs by Women from Grolier Club Members Collection, Grolier Club, New York
2002 Jan Weiner Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2002 Paradise, The Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga, NY
2001 TeleVisions, Museumsquartier, Vienna, Austria
2001 W, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dole, France
2001 I’m Thinking of a Place, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2001 Southern Exposure, Hand Workshop Art Center, Richmond, VA
2001 Issues of Identity in Recent American Art, Roland Gibson Gallery, SUNY, Potsdam, NY
2001 Love Supreme, La Criee Contemporary Art Center, Rennes, France
2001 Looking Forward, Looking Back, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
2001 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
2001 A Way With Words, Whitney Museum of American Art and Philip Morris, New York, NY
2001 Collection in Context, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
2001 Material and Matter, Loans to and Selections from the Studio Museum The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY
2001 Committed to the Image: A Half Century of Black Photographers in America, Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY
2000 The View From Here: Issues of Cultural Identity and Perspective in Contemporary Russian and American Art, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2000 Collecting Ideas, Works from the Polly & Mark Addison Collection, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
2000 Paradise Now, Exit Art, New York, NY
2000 The Portrait in Contemporary Photography, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
1999 Surface and Depth, Trends in Contemporary Portrait Photography, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
1999 Odd Bodies, National Gallery of Canada, Calgary, Canada
1999 Blackness in Color: Visual Expressions of the Black Arts Movement, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
1999 Rivers of Spirit: ArtWomen of the African Diaspora, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL
1999 Southern Exposure, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA
1999 Strength and Diversity: A Celebration of African American Artists, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1999 Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 to the Present, Smithsonian Anacostia Museum,  Center for African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.
1999 Frames of Reference: From Object to Subject, Wesleyan University Center for the Arts, Middletown, CT. Curated by Nina Felshin
1999 Artist as Patron, Alternative Museum, New York, NY
1999 Female, Wessel + O’Connor Gallery, New York, NY
1999 Persuasion, Lombard-Fried Fine Arts, New York, NY. Curated by Lea Fried and Roxana Marcoci
1999 True West, P·P·O·W, New York, NY. Curated by Jason Murison
1999 Other Narratives, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
1999 The Art of Advocacy, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
1999 Looking Forward, Looking Black, Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, Detroit, MI
1999 Re/Righting History: Counternarratives by Contemporary African-American Artists, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY
1999 Bearing Witness: Contemporary Works by African-American Artists, traveled to: Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, South Carolina; Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, Kansas; Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine; Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, Texas; African- American History and Cultural Museum, Fresno, CA
1999 It’s Only Rock and Roll, Austin Museum of Art, Austin, Texas
1999 Future-Present: Contemporary Photographs of Children From the Reader’s Digest Collection, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
1998 Photography’s multiple roles: art, document, market, science, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois
1998 Act/Language: Power and Display, Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery, FAMU campus, Tallahassee, FL
1998 In Visible Light, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
1998 Bearing Witness: Contemporary Works by African-American Artists, traveled to: Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, Florida; Columbus Museum, Columbus, Georgia; African American Museum, Dallas, Texas; Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, Minnesota
1998 It’s Only Rock and Roll, Milwaukee Art Museum; Arkansas Art Center; Traveled to: Fresno Metropolitan Museum, Fresno, CA
1998 Years Ending in Nine, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
1998 Taboo: Repression and Revolt in Modern Art, Galerie St. Etienne, New York, NY
1998 Tell Me a Story: Narration in Contemporary Painting and Photography, Centre National d’Art Contemporain de Grenoble, Grenoble, France
1998 Claustrophobia: Disturbing the Domestic in Contemporary Art, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England. Travled to: Middlesbrough Art Gallery; Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston; Mappin Gallery, Sheffield; Cartwright Hall, Bradford; Esbjerg Kunstmuseum, Denmark; Centre for Visual Arts, Cardiff
1998 Roots & Reeds: The Amazing Grace of the Gullah People, Hunter College, New York, NY
1998 Looking Forward, Looking Black, Hobart and William Smith Colleges Press, Geneva, NY
1998 Histories (Re)membered, The Bronx Museum of Art, New York, NY
1997 Changing Spaces, Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, Michigan
1997 It’s Only Rock and Roll, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, FL
1997 Alternating Currents, the Johannesburg Biennial, Johannesburg, South Africa
1997 Making Pictures: Women and Photography, 1975 – Now, Curated by Nicole Klagsbrun, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA
1997 It’s Only Rock and Roll, the Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh
1997 Four Decades, P·P·O·W, New York
1997 No Small Feat, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
1997 Original Visions: Women, Art and the Politics of Gender, Boston College Museum of Art, Boston, MA
1997 A Palette in a Pen’s World, Georgia Museum of Art, Acworth, GA
1997 dislocations/siirtymiä, curated by Pirkko Siitari and Leena Lohiniva, Rovaniemi Art Museum, Finland
1997 Inclusion Exclusion, Art in the Age of Post Colonialism and Global Migration, Steirischer Herbst, Austria
1997 Tragic Wake: The Legacy of Slavery and the African Diaspora in Contemporary Art, Spirit Square Center for Arts and Education, Middletown McMillan Gallery, Charlotte, NC
1996 It’s Only Rock and Roll, Bedford Gallery, Regional Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA
1996 Embedded Metaphor, curated by Nina Felshin, Independent Curators International, traveled to: John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL; Western Gallery, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington; Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine; Virginia Beach Center for the Arts, Virginia Beach, Virginia; Ezra and Celcile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut; Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1996 Bearing Witness: Contemporary Works by African-American Artists, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA
1996 Inside the Visible, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC international traveling exhibition
1996 It’s Only Rock and Roll, traveled to: Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences Peoria, IL; Virginia Beach Center of the Arts; Tacoma Art Museum, Washington; Jacksonville Museum of Art
1996 Herkunft, Winterthur Fotomuseum, curated by Urs Stahel, Winterthur, Switzerland
1996 Gender-Beyond Memory, curated by Michiko Kasahara, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
1996 From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, Bienale Firenze 96, Florence, Italy
1996 Inclusion/Exclusion, Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Austria
1996 Tragic Wake: The Legacy of Slavery and the African Diaspora in Contemporary American Art, Spirit Square Center for Arts and Education, Charlotte, NC
1996 Transforming the Social Order, Tyler Galleries, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
1996 Act/Language: Power & Display, The Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Carribean, Y Building, City University of New York, NY
1996 Burning Issues: Contemporary African-American Art, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL
1995 Art About Life: Contemporary American Culture, curated by Karina Skvirsky & Jennifer Pearson, Fine Arts Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
1995 StoryLand: Narrative Vision and Social Space, Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Center for the Arts, Banff, Canada
1994 Imagining Families: Images and Voices, curated by Deborah Willis, The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
1994 Black Male, Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art, curated by Thelma Golden, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY and The Armand Hammer Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
1994 Gesture and Pose, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1994 Bad Girls, Part 1, curated Marcia Tanner and Marcia Tucker, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
1994 Women’s Representation of Women, curated by Dana Friis-Hansen and Yuko Hayashi; Traveled to: Sapporo American Center Gallery, Sapporo, Japan; Aka Renga Cultural Center, Fukuoka City, Japan; Kyoto International Community House, Kyoto, Japan; Aichi Prefectural Arts Center, Nagoya, Japan; Osaka Prefectural Contemporary Arts Center, Japan; Spiral Arts Center, Tokyo, Japan
1994 Who’s Looking at the Family?, curated by Carol Brown, Barbican Art Gallery, Barbican Centre, London, England
1994 Equal Rights and Justice, organized by the High Museum of Art in Conjunction with the National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA
1993 Fictions of the Self: The Portrait in Contemporary Photography, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC and Herter Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
1993 The Theater of Refusal: Black Art and the Mainstream Criticism, curated by Charles Gaines. Traveled to: Fine Arts Gallery, University of California, Irvine; University of California, Davis; University of California, Riverside
1993 States of Loss: Migration, Displacement, Colonialism, and Power, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ
1993 There is a World Through Our Eyes: Expanding the Boundaries of Spirituality, Belief & Movement, Rockland Center for the Arts, Nyack, NY
1993 Contemporary Women Artists and the Issue of Identity. My/Self:Your/Other, Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, NY
1993 1920: The Subtlety of Subversion/The Continuity of Intervention, Exit Art/The First World, New York, NY
1993 Image Makers, Nassau County Museum, Roslyn, NY
1993 Enlightenment, Revolution, A Gallery Project, Ferndale, MI
1993 Urban Masculinity, Longwood Arts Center, Bronx, NY
1993 Perceptions and Visions of the African American Photographer, Rockland Community College, Nyack, NY
1993 Personal Narratives, SECCA, Winston–Salem, NC
1993 The Stationary Store, Renée Fatouhi Gallery, East Hampton, NY
1992 Mis/Taken Identities, curated by Abigail Solomon–Godeau and Constance Lewallen, University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara; traveled to: Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany; Forum Stadtpark, Graz, Austria; Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen im Forum Langenstraße, Germany; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark; Western Gallery, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
1992 Fictions of the Self: The Portrait in Contemporary Photography, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC
1992 Photography: Expanding the Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1992 Disclosing the Myth of Family, curated by Barbara Berber, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Betty Rymer Gallery, Chicago, IL
1992 Present Tense, Fine Arts Center, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
1992 Schwarze Kunst: Konzepte zur Politik und Identitat, curated by Frank Wagner, Neue Gesellschaft fur bildende Kunst, Berlin, Germany
1992 Center Margins, Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center, SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, NY
1992 Dirt and Domesticity: Constructions of the Feminine, Whitney Museum of American Art at Equitable Center, New York, NY
1992 Origins and Evolutions, in association with the National Black Arts Festival, Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA
1992 Art, Politics and Community, curated by Don Desmett traveled to: William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT; Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Elkins Park, PA
1992 Vote, Terry Dintenfass Gallery, New York, NY, October 13-November 28th
1992 Representatives: Women Photographers from the Permanent Collection, Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
1991 Artists of Conscience: 16 Years of Social and Political Commentary, Alternative Museum, New York, NY
1991 Through the Kitchen Door, curated by Irene Tsatsos, N.A.M.E., Chicago, IL
1991 Center Margin, Group Exhibition, traveled to: Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA; SUNY at Fredonia, Fredonia, NY
1991 Reframing the Family, Group Exhibition, Artists Space, New York, NY
1991 Carrie Mae Weems and Jeffrey Hoone, Two Person Exhibition, Camerawork, London, England
1991 Currents, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
1991 Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1991 Of Light and Language, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
1991 Sexuality, Image and Control, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX
1991 The Art of Advocacy, curated by Ellen O’Donnell Rankin, The Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT
1991 Disputed Identities, traveled to: Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver, BC and California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA
1991 Affirmative Re-Actions, curated by Ellen Lawrence, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
1991 Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort, curated by Peter Galassi, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, traveling to: Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
1991 Outspoken Women, Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN
1991 At The End of the Day, Randy Alexander, New York, NY
1990 Black Women Photographers, Ten-8, London, England
1990 Other Voices, University Art Museum, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, IL
1990 Who Counts?, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
1990 Biological Factors, Nexus Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1990 Trouble in Paradise, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Boston, MA
1990 Signs of Self: Changing Perceptions, Woodstock Artists Association, Woodstock, NY
1990 Recent Works, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY
1990 Cultural Diversity, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
1990 Urban Home, Studio Museum, Harlem, New York, NY
1990 Spent: Currency, Security, and Art on Deposit, Marine Midland Bank in conjunction with The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
1989 A Century of Protest, Traveling Group Exhibition, Williams College, Williamstown, MA
1989 Black Women Photographers, LeMois de la Photo a Montreal, Montreal, Canada
1989 Self Portrayals, Group Exhibition, University Art Museum, SUNY Binghampton, NY
1989 Black Photographers Bear Witness: 100 Years of Social Protest, Traveling Exhibition
1988 The Other, The Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX
1988 Herstory: Black Women Photographers, Firehouse Gallery, Houston, TX
1988 Prisoners of Image, 1800-1988, Alternative Museum, New York, NY
1987 Visible Differences, Centro Cultural de la Raza, San Diego, CA
1987 Edict and Episode: Image as Meaning, Installation Gallery, San Diego, CA
1986 People Close Up, Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
1986 Relations, Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies, Los Angeles, CA
1986 America: Another Perspective, New York University, New York, NY
1986 Social Concerns, Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore, MD
1986 Past, Present, Future, The New Museum, New York, NY
1985 Analysis and Passion: Photography Engages Social and Political Issues, Group Exhibition, Eye Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1985 Four West Coast Photographers, Vanderbilt University Art Gallery, Nashville, TN
1981 Multi-Cultural Focus, Barnsdall Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1981 Women in Photography, Cityscape Photo Gallery, Pasadena, CA
1980 Contemporary Black Photographers, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
1980 Women’s Work, Los Angeles Women’s Building, Los Angeles, CA
1980 Black Artists in Los Angeles, Brockman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
21c Museum, Louisville, KY
Akron Art Museum, OH
Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY
The Art Institute of Chicago,IL
Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC
The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama
Bronx Museum, NY
Brooklyn Museum, NY
Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Sevilla, Spain
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH
Exit Art, New York City, NY
The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland
George Eastman House, Rochester, New York
The Harn Museum, Gainsville, FL
Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, West Virginia
Los Angeles County Museum of Art – LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA
MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA
The RISD Museum, Providence, RI
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE
Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY
Spellman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
Spencer Art Museum, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Whitney Museum, New York, NY
Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA
The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI
Virginia Museum of Art, Richmond, VA

PBS – Art21: Carrie Mae Weems
Born in Portland, Oregon in 1953, artist Carrie Mae Weems is known for examining the relationship between power and aesthetics through the use of colloquial forms. Through her scrutinization of stereotypical images, Weems has traced more than a century of collective African American history. 

The New York Times – Lens: The ‘Genius’ of Carrie Mae Weems
In an interview with James Estrin, recent MacArthur fellowship recipient Carrie Mae Weems speaks about her life as an artist and her plans for the newly acquired funds. Though known for her work that presses issues of gender and race, she reminds her audience that is still revolves around love and human conditions amidst the greater issues of narrowly defined African American populations. 

Hyperallergic – “Art Is a Demanding Mistress”: Carrie Mae Weems Delivers a Poetic Commencement Speech
At the famed Radio City Music Hall, artist Carrie Mae Weems delivered a compelling commencement speech to 1,100 graduates from New York’s School of Visual Arts. Through the proposition of an essential idea (the measurement of an individual life), Weems addressed the sexism and racism that she has explored through decades of prolific work.

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