Over the past 30 years, Carrie Mae Weems has worked toward developing a complex body of art that has employed photographs, text, fabric, audio, digital images, installation, and video. Her work has led her to investigate family relationships, gender roles, the histories of racism, sexism, class, and various political systems.
Weems has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions at major national and international museums including the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Most recently, her work was the focus of a major retrospective called Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video. The exhibition began its run at The Frist Center for Visual Arts in Nashville, and ended its five-museum tour at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York in May 2014.
Weems has received numerous awards, grants and fellowships including the prestigious Prix de Roma, The National Endowment of the Arts, the Alpert, the Anonymous was a Woman and the Tiffany Awards. In 2012, Weems was presented with one of the first US Department of State’s Medals of Arts in recognition of her commitment to the State Department’s Art in Embassies program.
In 2013 Weems was the recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Grant and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2014 she received the BET honors Visual Artist award. She is represented in public and private collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museum of Modern Art, NY and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Weems has been represented by Jack Shainman Gallery since 2008.