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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Photographer
Visual Artist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Chartreuse, Yellow, Burnt Orange, Deep Red
Favorite Food:
Popcorn
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
The World
Favorite Quote:
You Prepare To Live, Every Day

Birthplace

Born:
4/20/1953
Birth Location:
Portland, Oregon

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Photographer
Visual Artist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Chartreuse, Yellow, Burnt Orange, Deep Red
Favorite Food:
Popcorn
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
The World
Favorite Quote:
You Prepare To Live, Every Day

Birthplace

Born:
4/20/1953
Birth Location:
Portland
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Biography

Photographer and artist Carrie Mae Weems was born on April 20, 1953 in Portland, Oregon to Myrlie and Carrie Weems. Weems graduated from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia with her B.F.A. degree in 1981, and received her M.F.A. degree in photography from the University of California, San Diego in 1984. From 1984 to 1987, she participated in the graduate program in folklore at the University of California, Berkeley.

In 1984, Weems completed her first collection of photographs, text, and spoken word entitled, Family Pictures and Stories. Her next photographic series, Ain't Jokin', was completed in 1988. She went on to produce American Icons in 1989, and Colored People and the Kitchen Table Series in 1990. Weems then created the Sea Islands Series (1991-92), Slave Coast and Africa Series (1993), From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried (1995-96), Who What When Where (1998), Ritual & Revolution (1998), Jefferson Suite (1999), Hampton Project (2000), May Days Long Forgotten and Dreaming in Cuba (2002), The Louisiana Project (2003), Roaming (2006), and the Museum Series, which she began in 2006. She also produced the video projects Coming Up for Air (2004), Italian Dreams (2006), Constructing History: A Requiem to Mark the Moment (2008), and Afro-Chic (2009), among others.

Weems is represented by the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City, and has exhibited her art at the Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago, Illinois, and Gallery Paule Anglim in San Francisco, California. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions at major national and international museums, including the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tate Liverpool in England, and the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum in Spain. She is represented in public and private collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Portland Art Museum. In addition, Weems has taught as an assistant professor or visiting professor at Hampshire College, Hunter College, California College of Arts and Crafts, Williams College, Harvard University, Syracuse University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Weems has received numerous awards, grants and fellowships including the Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize Fellowship; a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship; a Smithsonian Fellowship; the Alpert Award for Visual Arts; the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award; and the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation Award. In 2012, she was presented with one of the first U.S. Department of State’s Medals of Arts in recognition for her commitment to the State Department’s Art in Embassies program. In 2013, Weems received the MacArthur Foundation’s “Genius” Grant, the Gordon Parks Foundation Award and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Carrie Mae Weems was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 10, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Carrie Mae Weems lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Carrie Mae Weems describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Carrie Mae Weems describes her parents' work as sharecroppers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Carrie Mae Weems remembers the death of her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Carrie Mae Weems talks about her family's migration to Portland, Oregon
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Carrie Mae Weems describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Carrie Mae Weems describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Carrie Mae Weems describes the racial demographics of her neighborhood in Portland, Oregon
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Carrie Mae Weems remembers the events of the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Carrie Mae Weems recalls her early work ethic, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Carrie Mae Weems recalls her early work ethic, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Carrie Mae Weems recalls her early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Carrie Mae Weems describes the awakening of her individual consciousness
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Carrie Mae Weems talks about her home life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Carrie Mae Weems remembers her early aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Carrie Mae Weems recalls her introduction to theater
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Carrie Mae Weems reflects upon her friendship with Catherine Jelski
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Carrie Mae Weems recalls her decision to attend the California Institute of the Arts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Carrie Mae Weems remembers the birth of her daughter
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Carrie Mae Weems remembers moving to San Francisco, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Carrie Mae Weems recalls working for the Kelly Services, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Carrie Mae Weems talks about the development of her political consciousness
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Carrie Mae Weems recalls her introduction to photography
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Carrie Mae Weems talks about her photography training
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Carrie Mae Weems shares her philosophy of travel
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Carrie Mae Weems talks about the Studio Museum in Harlem in New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Carrie Mae Weems talks about her photography mentors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Carrie Mae Weems recalls working for Anthony Barboza and Louis Draper
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Carrie Mae Weems recalls lessons from Anthony Barboza and Louis Draper
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Carrie Mae Weems describes the Kamoinge Workshop
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Carrie Mae Weems recalls organizing the 'Women in Photography' exhibition
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Carrie Mae Weems recalls her role as an art curator
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Carrie Mae Weems talks about her interest in art curating
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Carrie Mae Weems remembers photographing farmworkers in Central California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Carrie Mae Weems talks about P.H. Polk, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Carrie Mae Weems talks about P.H. Polk, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Carrie Mae Weems recalls her documentary film about black photography
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Carrie Mae Weems describes the influence of Zora Neale Hurston on her work
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Carrie Mae Weems recalls enrolling in the folklore program at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Carrie Mae Weems describes her artistic process
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Carrie Mae Weems talks about 'The Kitchen Table Series, 1990'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Carrie Mae Weems describes the process of creating 'The Kitchen Table Series, 1990'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Carrie Mae Weems describes the intentions behind 'The Kitchen Table Series, 1990,' pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Carrie Mae Weems describes the intentions behind 'The Kitchen Table Series, 1990,' pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Carrie Mae Weems talks about the exclusion of African Americans from critical art discourse
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Carrie Mae Weems talks about being the subject of her own photographs
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Carrie Mae Weems talks about her decision to focus on self-portraiture
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Carrie Mae Weems describes her creative process
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Carrie Mae Weems talks about representing the black experience
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Carrie Mae Weems describes the use of artifacts in her work