Monday, October 12th // 7-8:30PM
UC San Diego / Price Center West Ballroom.

A storyteller by nature, Weems' lecture will reflect on her journey as an artist working with the contradictions and intricacies of racism, sexism, and classism. Her art transcends across several mediums including photography, written and spoken word, installations, audio, and more recently video. Her groundbreaking Kitchen Table Series (1990) captures intimate family portrayals. Weems steps in front of the lens and is the subject and artist in this series. The reflexive imagery of her color and experience is a starting point for deeper conversations.

"My disadvantage is that for the most part when I'm viewed by the world I'm viewed only in relationship to my black subjectivity, even though I am a very complex woman working on many different levels." In describing her art she explains, "It's partly about race, but considerably more. And that's the thing that really interests me, that considerably more. The depth of my project really has to do with, how you begin to see this work in its multiplicity."

In 2013, she was awarded a MacArthur "genius" grant for her enduring and masterful aesthetic contributions. This fellowship is given to individuals who have shown extraordinary talent in their creative pursuits and includes an unrestricted $625,000 award.

Weems is also the first African-American woman to have a retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Her 2014 retrospective, Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography features her autobiographical portraiture alongside her more recent conceptual photographs and videos that explore equality and even questions the art world. She earned her Master of Fine Arts from the Department of Visual Arts at UC San Diego in 1984. She has cited figures like Professor Emerita Eleanor Antin as being influential to her work. Weems is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York.

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The Carrie Mae Weems' Color: Real and Imagined Lecture is presented by the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as part of their Inclusive Excellence Speaker Series.

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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:
┬ęCarrie Mae Weems' The Considered, 2012.
Photo is courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery.

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