Field of View and Other Minor Considerations
Thursday, March 26th // 6:30 pm

Performa is pleased to announce Carrie Mae Weems’ Field of View and Other Minor Considerations, a playful and poignant reflection on the artist’s life and career, as the latest installment of its Portrait of the Artist series. Using snatches of critical commentary provided by scholars Daphne Brooks and Tavia Nyong’o and bits of music and text, Weems considers the cultural context of her artistic production. This unique combination of perspectives–both a personal account and an informed analytical reasoning–will illuminate Weems’ singular influence on contemporary art in general and black and feminist studies and art in particular.

Considered one of the most influential contemporary American artists, Weems has investigated family relationships, cultural identity, sexism, class, political systems and the consequences of power. Determined as ever to enter the picture— both literally and metaphorically—Weems has sustained an on-going dialogue within contemporary discourse for over thirty years. During this time Weems has developed a complex body of art employing photographs, text, fabric, audio, digital images, installation, and video.

Portrait of the Artist is a series of public events presented by the Performa Institute that focuses on exploring the historical context and significance of individual artists who work across a broad range of disciplines, from the 1960s to the present.

Organized by Performa Curator Adrienne Edwards.

Free admission - reserve your ticket here:

NYU Steinhardt - Department of Art and Arts Professions
Einstein Auditorium, Barney Building,
34 Stuyvesant Street, New York NY 10003

The Performa Institute programs are supported by Toby Devan Lewis, Ford Foundation, Lambent Foundation, David and Elaine Potter Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions.

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Carrie Mae Weems is an UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts MFA Alumna. For more about her work, please visit:

Image Credit:
Carrie Mae Weems, The Considered, 2012. Courtesy of the Artist.

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