Carrie Mae Weems (American, b. 1953)
20 platinum prints, 14 letter press text sheets, Image: 38.1 x 38.1 cm (15 x 15 in.); Paper: 50.8 x 50.8 cm (20 x 20 in.). Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2008.116
In 1990, Weems created an iconic body of workâ€”Untitled (Kitchen Table Series)â€”that forcefully combines her talents as an artist, historian, and poet with a keen interest in how images shape the perception of color, gender, and class. She staged a fictional drama exploring four topics: the love relationship between the woman (played by Weems herself) and man; the woman seeking consolation from friends and family; the womanâ€™s role as a mother; and the woman coping with being alone. The simple setting remains constant. Weems enhanced the overall impact of the photographs by adding sheets of text that reveal the womanâ€™s private doubts, beliefs, and ambitions. The overall result is a compelling contemporary fable.
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2008.116
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