Can an artist inspire social change?
Sunday, November 15th // 5-8PM
$25 General admission
$15 Members, seniors, and students

Join NMWA for an exciting conversation with artist and activist Carrie Mae Weems on how artists can inspire social change.

Weems will discuss her belief that the responsibility of an artist is to “to make art, beautiful and powerful, that adds and reveals; to beautify the mess of a messy world, to heal the sick and feed the helpless; to shout bravely from the rooftops and storm barricaded doors and voice the specifics of our historic moment.” For over 25 years, Weems has used her art to investigate family relationships, gender roles, and the histories of racism, sexism, class, and political systems.

Demonstrating the power of art to have direct impact on the community at large beyond museum and gallery patronage, Weems has worked on social reform efforts, including projects Operation Activate, a public art campaign to create awareness of an initiative to stop gun violence, and the Institute of Sound and Style, a pilot summer program engaging local youth in experiential visual art training.

Carrie Mae Weems received a B.F.A. (1981) from the California Institute of the Arts and an M.F.A. (1984) from the University of California at San Diego. From 1984 to 1987, she studied at the University of California at Berkeley. Her work has been exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Tate Liverpool, and Bilbao Fine Arts Museum. She had her first major museum exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in 1993.

Reservations are required. $25 for general admission; $15 for members, students, and seniors. Ticket price includes museum admission and Sunday Supper. Seating is limited.
The National Museum of Women in the Arts / Performance Hall,
1250 New York Ave, NW Washington, DC 20005
enews [at] nmwa [dot] org

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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:

Carrie Mae Weems image is courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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