January 12, 2013 – 11:00 am | Lecture + Gallery Talk
Connecting Disciplines: "The Personal is Polemic"
Meet at exhibition entrance ~ Gallery admission required; members FREE
Carrie Mae Weems. Untitled (Man and mirror) from Kitchen Table Series, 1990. Gelatin silver print, 27 1/4 x 27 1/4 in. Collection of Eric and Liz Lefkofsky, 115-128.2010, promised gift to the Art Institute of Chicago. © Carrie Mae Weems. Photography © The Art Institute of Chicago
Connecting Disciplines: “The Personal is Polemic: Carrie Mae Weems and the Camera’s Depiction of Race, Gender, and Class”
Presented by Dr. Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas, associate professor of ethics and society, Vanderbilt University Divinity School
For the past three decades, Carrie Mae Weems has developed works of art that shatter America’s normative gaze of race, class, and gender with the critical eye of a Black woman’s lens. The story of Carrie Mae Weems’ photographs, the people they depict, and the woman who made and used them tells a fascinating narrative not only of her life, but of the lives of folk who are often on the margins of the American scene. Weaving together ethics, women’s studies and critical race theory, this lecture unmasks, debunks, and demystifies some of the most personally profound, yet politically polemical photographs that make up Weems’s corpus.