Weems Explores America’s Dark Side, African Identity

The new exhibit Carrie Mae Weems: Strategies of Engagement at the McMullen Museum of Art features thirty years of American artist Carrie Mae Weems’s work exploring the darker side of American history and African-American identity.

Born in Portland, Oregon in 1953, Weems began involving her art in social activism in the ’70s. Initially involved in theater and dance, Weems found photography as her medium of choice, but also expanded her artistry to videos, performance, and installations. Her art dives into the nation’s violent history towards its citizens of color through somber and satirical treatments of stereotypes that still have consequences today. Her work takes inspiration from archival pieces in the history of the United States, often featuring old photographs that she alters and…

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