22 April - 22 May 2010
Opening Reception on Thursday, April 22nd // 6–8PM

Jack Shainman Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Slow Fade to Black, Carrie Mae Weems’s second solo exhibition at the gallery.

Never one to rest on her laurels, Weems is back with yet another critical take on the historical drama. Tongue-in-cheek, she presents the burning saga of Mandingo, love, longing and the relations of power, miscegenation, and masochism simmering in the Ole South. With Dixie Burning in her heart and the narrative drive pounding away, she returns to the stories of yesteryear. This time with paintings made in China, videos made in Georgia and photographs, picturing contemporary black women, made in New York. Weems opens and finally closes the door on the past as she imagines the future.

Carrie Mae Weems was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1953. Weems earned a BFA from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia (1981), and an MFA from the University of California, San Diego (1984), continuing her studies in the Graduate Program in Folklore at the University of California, Berkeley (1984–87). She has received honorary degrees from Colgate University, New York (2007) and California College of the Arts, Oakland (2001). Awards include the Anonymous Was a Woman Award (2007); Skowhegan Medal for Photography (2007); Rome Prize Fellowship (2006); and the Pollack Krasner Foundation Grant in Photography (2002), among others. Weems’s work has appeared in major exhibitions at Savannah College of Art and Design (2008); W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University (2007); Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown (2000); and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1998); and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2009). Weems’s work is included in group exhibitions currently on view at the Museum of Modern Art New York, and the Tate Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Jack Shainman Gallery, 513 W 20th St, New York City

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Images are courtesy of Artist Carrie Mae Weems and the Jack Shainman Gallery, New York City.

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