Poetic and powerful, renowned UC San Diego alumna artist Carrie Mae Weems captivated the audience in her lecture, “Color: Real and Imagined.”

By Sheena Ghanbari
October 13, 2015

Poetic and powerful, renowned UC San Diego alumna artist Carrie Mae Weems captivated the audience in her lecture, “Color: Real and Imagined.” She began her narrative by describing the foundational pieces of art, music, and literature that helped her articulate her own voice and then provided a glimpse into her celebrated art practice.

Always circling back to social justice as a way of framing her thinking and making, Weems shared how violence in the media impelled her to create the Social Studies 101 collective. “You don’t need permission to act,” she stated. As part of this project she populated electronic billboards, circulated signage, created matchbooks as means of creating a broader community dialogue to “stop the violence,” a phrase repeated throughout her billboards.

Another arm of Social Studies 101 is The Institute of Sound + Style, founded by Weems to introduce student to creative careers. At several points throughout the talk, Weems spoke directly to students, motivating them to stay curious and take advantage of this time and space in their development. She asserted that it is a student’s responsibility make UC San Diego fit their needs as, “this institution exists because of you and for you.” 

 

Image Credit: Farshid Bazmandegan