Carrie Mae Weems (American, b.1953), born in Portland, OR, is a Contemporary photographer. She earned a BFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 1981 and an MFA in Photography from the University of California, San Diego in 1984. From 1984 until 1987, Weems studied folklore at the University of California, Berkeley. She is best known for creating installations using photographs, text, captions, and audio recordings. Weems' work often confronts viewers with the issues of racism, identity, and gender and frequently explores these themes through the lenses of both personal and national history. Her first major work, Family Pictures and Stories (1978–1984), is a family photo album comprised of images integrated with text and interviews. Weems cites Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston as writers who had a significant impact on her interests and artistic style. In 1993, Weems created Africa Series after her first visit to Africa, and combined photographs of African architectural structures with a story describing the origins of life. Weems' work is included in many prestigious public collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo in Sevilla, Spain, among many others. She currently lives and works in upstate New York.

Timeline

1953
Born in Portland, Oregon
1981
BA, California Institute of the Arts Valencia, CA
1984
MFA, University of California San Diego, CA
1984–1987
Graduate Program in Folklore, Univ. of California Berkeley, CA
1992
Louis Comfort Tiffany Award
2001
Honorary Degree, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
2001
Artist in Residence, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
2001
Artist in Residence, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
2002
Pollack Krasner Foundation Grant in Photography (Pilot Program)
2003
Artist in Residence, The Record Shop: A Social Studies Project, Beacon Cultural Project, Beacon, NY
2003
Commission for New Work, Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
2005–2006
Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize Fellowship, American Academy in Rome
2007
Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation, New York, NY
2007
Skowhegan Medal for Photography, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
2007
Honorary Degree, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
2012
Medal of Arts award from the U.S. State Department
2013
MacArthur Foundation Fellow
The Alpert Award for Visual Arts
National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Arts Grant
"Photographer of The Year", Friends of Photography San Francisco, CA

Exhibitions

2014
Subject and Witness, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
Carrie Mae Weems: The Museum Series, Studio Museum Harlem, New York, NY
Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video, The Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY (solo)
2013
Slow Fade to Black, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago (solo)
2013
Carrie Mae Weems: 3 Decades of Photography and Video, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Traveling to: Portland Art Museum, Oregon; Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Sanford University,; Guggenheim Museum, New York, Curated by Katie Delmez. (Catalogue; texts by David Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Franklin Sirmans, Deborah Willis, and Katie Delmez) (solo)
2013
POP Goes the Easel: Pop Art and its Progeny, Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, Connecticut
2012–2013
This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Illinois, Traveling to: Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Massachusetts, 2012 and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis , 2013. (Catalogue)
2012–2013
Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, Brown Foundation Gallery, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
2012–2013
Blues for Smoke, organized by Bennett Simpson and presented at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Traveling to: The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, (Catalogue)
2012
At the Edge: Recent Acquisitions, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2012
Intimate Interiors, Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama
2012
Octagon Gallery video installationMcNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas
2012
Cinema Remixed & Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image Since 1970, 11thHavana Biennial, Cuba; Curated by Andrea Barnwell Brownlee and Valerie Cassel Oliver.
2012
The Bearden Project, Studio Museum in Harlem
2012
Every Exit is an Entrance: 30 Years of Exit Art, Exit Art, New York
2012
Performing for the Camera, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Curated by Heather Seal Lineberry.
2012
The Annual: 2012, National Academy Museum, New York
2012
African Americans and the American Scene, 1929–1945, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts, Co-curated by Dalila Scruggs and Sandra Burton.
2012
Maddening Crowd, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas (solo)
2012
La Triennale: Intense Proximitè, Palais de Tokyo. Curated by Okwui Enwezor, Claire Staebler, Emilie Renard, Melanie Bouteloup and Abdellah Karroum.
2012
28 Days, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
2011–2012
Conversations: Photography from the Bank of America Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Traveled to: Museo del Novencentro, Milan; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland. (Catalogue)
2011–2012
The Deconstructive Impulse: Women Artists Reconfigure the Signs of Power, Neuberger Museum, Purchase College, New York; Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
2011–2012
The Bearden Project, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
2011–2012
Narrative Interventions in Photography, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
2011–2012
Becoming: Photographs from the Wedge Collection, Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
2011
Carrie Mae Weems: Slow Fade to Black, Williams College Museum of Art and Downstreet Art at the Legacy, Legacy Gallery, North Adams, MA (solo)
2011
Carrie Mae Weems: Kitchen Table Series, Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois (solo)
2011
Constructing History: A Requiem to Mark the Moment, Frederick Douglass Institute for African & African American Studies, University of Rochester, New York.
2011
Icon, The Paul R. Jones Gallery, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.
2011
Unsettled: Photography and Politics in Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, Curated by Peter Barberie.
2011
Converging Voices, Transforming Dialogue: Selections from the Elliot and Kimberly Perry Collection, University Museum, Texas Southern University, Houston
2011
Bodyscapes, Mechanical Hall Gallery, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware
2011
Stargazers: Elizabeth Catlett in Conversation with 21 Contemporary Artists, Bronx Museum, New York Seeing Now: Photography Since 1960, Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland
2011
You Are Here, Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse, New York.
2011
Safety in Numbers?: Images of African American Identity and Community, Portland Art Museum, Oregon
2010
Carrie Mae Weems: Estudios Sociales / Carrie Mae Weems: Social Studies, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain
2009
Constructing History: A Requiem to Mark the Moment, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
2008
Constructing History: A Requiem to Mark the Moment, ACA Gallery of SCAD, Atlanta, GA traveling to Red Gallery, Savannah, GA
A Survey, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY
2007
All About Eve: Women, Sex, and Desire, Neil L. and Angelica Zander Rudenstine Gallery, W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
All About Eve: Women, Sex, and Desire, Hartnett Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
The Hampton Project, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA
2006
Art on the Edge: Carrie Mae Weems - To be Continued, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA
2003–2006
The Louisiana Project, Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA Travelled
2005
Coming Up for Air: 8 Video Works, (film screenings), Checkerboard Foundation, New York, NY
Carrie Mae Weems: To Be Continued, curated by Wyona Lynch-McWhite, Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA; traveled to: Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Roanoke, VA
The Landscape of Memory, Joe and Emily Lowe Art Gallery, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY Carrie Mae Weems, Café Gallery Projects, London
May Days Long Forgotten (film screening), Miami Art Museum, FL
Speak to Me, Say Something (film screening), Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
Sited for the Record, Beacon Cultural Foundation, Beacon, NY
Coming Up for Air: 8 Video Works, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Carrie Mae Weems: Photographs, Meaning & Landscape, Anne Tower Gallery, Lexington, KY
Carrie Mae Weems, curated by Janie Welker, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
2004
Dreaming in Cuba and The Louisiana Project, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
Coming Up for Air, Meaning & Landscape, MoMA Film at the Gramercy, New York, NY
May Days Long Forgotten (DVD), Lobby Video Project, MoMAQns, Queens, NY
The Hampton Project, Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Ferndale, MI
The Jefferson Suite, University of Virginia Art Museum, Charlottesville, VA
The Jefferson Suite, Annie Gawlak Fine Arts, Washington D.C.
May Days Long Forgotten, Gallery 210, University of Missouri, St. Louis, MI
2003
The Jefferson Suite, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park, PA
Photographic Visions of Carrie Mae Weems, Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts, Eatonville, FL
The Jefferson Suite, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
Carrie Mae Weems: Mirrors and Windows, BGSU Fine Arts Center Galleries, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
May Flowers Long Forgotten & A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That, P·P·O·W, New York, NY
A Certain Kind of Love, P.C.O.G. Gallery, New York, NY
Self & Soul: The Architecture of Intimacy, Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC
Project Space, Beacon Cultural Project, Beacon, NY
From Here I Saw What Happened And I Cried, South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC
Africa Series, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, Reno, NV
Ritual & Revolution, University Arts Gallery, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
2000–2003
Carrie Mae Weems: The Hampton Project, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA
1999–2000
Art-Worlds in Dialogue, Museum Ludwig Cologne, Germany
1999
True West, P.P.O.W. New York, NY
Ritual & Revolution, Rhona Hoffman Gallery Chicago, IL
1998
Taboo: Repression and Revolt in Modern Art, , Galerie St. Etienne New York, NY
Who What When Where, Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris New York
Claustrophobia: Disturbing the Domestic in Contemporary Art, , Ikon Gallery Birmingham, England
1997–1998
Changing Spaces, Detroit Institute of Art Detroit, Michigan
1997
Alternating Currents, The Johannesburg Biennial Johannesburg, South Africa
Four Decades, P.P.O.W. New York, NY
2nd Johannesburg Biennale, Africus Institute of Contemporary Art Johannesburg, South Africa
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Richmond, VA
1996
Gender-Beyond Memory, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography Tokyo, Japan
From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, P.P.O.W. New York, NY
1995
'95 Kwangju Biennale Seoul, Korea
Projects 52, Museum of Modern Art New York, NY
Carrie Mae Weems Reacts to Hidden Witness, J. Paul Getty Museum of Art Malibu, CA
1994–1995
Black Male, The Whitney Museum of American Art New York
1994
Gesture and Pose, , Museum of Modern Art New York, NY
1993
Carrie Mae Weems, Museum of Modern Art San Francisco, CA
1992
Sea Islands, P.P.O.W. New York, NY
1991
And 22 Million Very Tired and Very Angry People, The New Museum of Contemporary Art New York, NY
Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum of American Art New York, NY
Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, MA
1988
Herstory: Black Women Photographers, Centro Cultural de la Raza San Diego, CA
1986
Past, Present, Future, , The New Museum New York, NY
1984
Family Pictures and Stories, Multi-Cultural Gallery San Diego, CA
1980
Women's Work, Los Angeles Women's Building Los Angeles, CA

Public Collections

Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland
Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
21c Museum, Louisville, KY
Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY
Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
Exit Art, New York City, NY
The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA
The RISD Museum, Providence, RI
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
Whitney Museum, New York, NY
The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI
Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC
The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL

Literature

2012
Weaver A. M. “Carry Mae Weems”, Artvoices Magazine, April/May, 2012, pp.51-57
2008
Martin, Courtney J. “Critic’s Picks: Carrie Mae Weems” www.artforum.com, Friday August 1st
2008
Cotter, Holland “Art in Review” The New York Times, July 25
2008
Perree, Rob “Reviews” Kunstbleed.nl Magazine No. 4 2008 page 86
2007–2008
Maddox, David.The Louisiana Project, From Here I Saw What Happened. Number, fall/winter 2007/2008 No. 60
2007
Kaplan, Cheryl. The Screen Test: The Films of Carrie Mae Weems. Harvard University, W. E. B. Du Bois Institute, October