Carrie Mae WeemsWITNESS, Works 1977-2021

American Monuments I, 2015-2016
digital c-print, 46-1/8 x 36-1/8 inches (framed) [117.2 x 91.8 cm]

Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to present a survey of the work of Carrie Mae Weems examining her extraordinary achievement over four decades. Weems’s inaugural show at the gallery includes early documentary-style photographs of family, and her iconic Kitchen Table series. The show features groundbreaking conceptual work spanning Weems’s career, including Constructing History, 2008, which re-enacts moments of social upheaval from the 1960s, and People of a Darker Hue, a 2016 video commemorating Black men and women killed by police. The exhibition follows the gallery’s recently announced representation of Weems.

Man and woman seated at a table. He play harmonica and she closes her eyes and smokes a cigarette. In front of them are plates of lobster and cans of beer.
Untitled (Playing harmonica), 1990
gelatin silver print
Two circular photographs printed in red and black tones depict a man and woman, framed by black. Text printed across the woman reads "You Became Mammie, Mama, Mother, Then, Yes, Confidant-Ha." Text printed across the man reads "Descending the Throne You Became Foot Soldier & Cook."
You Became Mammie, Mama, Mother, Then, Yes, Confidant-Ha/ Descending the Throne You Became Foot Soldier & Cook, 1995-96
chromogenic print with sandblasted text

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