Project Description

Carrie Mae Weems

b. 1953, Portland, OR

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.

EDUCATION
1984
MFA, University of California, San Diego, CA
1981
BA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
 
AWARDS, GRANTS, AND HONORS
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
1981-1985
University of California Fellowship Award
 
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017
Carrie Mae Weems: Beacon, Edward Hopper House, Nyack, NY
2014
Carrie Mae Weems: Color: Real and Imagined, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London
2014
Carrie Mae Weems: The Museum Series, Studio Museum in Harlem, NY
2014
Carrie Mae Weems: Three 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
2019
Spring Selections, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2018
The Art of Paper, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, NY
2018
When and Where I Enter, Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY
2018
In Context: this past was waiting for me, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2018
Be Strong and Do Not Betray Your Soul, Light Work, Syracuse, NY
2018
Half the Picture: A Feminist Look at the Collection, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
2018
Orientation: The Racial Imaginary Institute Biennial, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY
2018
Extraordinary Photographs VI, Rosier Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2018
Catching Shadows, BAM, Brooklyn, NY
2017
Women in Colour, Rubber Factory, New York, NY
2016
5 Years at Heddon Street, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London
2016
In Context: Africans in America, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
2016
Photography: Technology + Art, curated by Emily Ackerman, Sydney Mishkin Gallery, New York, NY
2015
A Voice Remains, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London
2015
Fifteen x Fifteen, Bill Hodges Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2014
History, Bill Hodges Gallery Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE), East Hampton, NY
2014
BAM at photo l.a., BAM, Brooklyn, NY
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
 
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

The New York Times Style Magazine – How Carrie Mae Weems Rewrote the Rules of Image-Making
Perhaps our best contemporary photographer, she creates work that insists on the worth of black women – both in art and in life.

PBS – Art21
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’
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”: 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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