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Carrie Mae Weems: Looking Forward, Looking Back

September 22, 2023 @ 8:00 am - July 4, 2024 @ 5:00 pm

Free

This focused exhibition pairs two projects by Carrie Mae Weems—a major multimedia installation, Lincoln, Lonnie, and Me – A Story in 5 Parts, and eight photographs from the series Constructing History—that explore the relationship of memory to history and of memory as it is mediated through performance, photography, or video.

Weems invites others to step back in time. Lincoln, Lonnie, and Me–A Story in 5 Parts (2012) is a multimedia installation that transforms the gallery into a nineteenth-century illusionistic theater. This complex work brings to life episodes from the American Civil War to the present, accompanied by a soundtrack that evokes the constitutional promise of equality, along with projections of recurring racial and gender difference that make achieving it so elusive. It is accompanied by eight photographs from her series Constructing History (2008). Weems worked with college students to restage iconic photographs from World War II to the civil rights era and beyond. Taking on these poses, a new generation simultaneously enacts and witnesses past moments of strength, pain, and progress in the present.

Details

Start:
September 22, 2023 @ 8:00 am
End:
July 4 @ 5:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Category:
Website:
https://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/carrie-mae-weems-looking-forward-looking-back

Organizer

Smithsonian American Art Museum
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202-633-8523
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Artists
Carrie Mae Weems
Artwork Medium
Film

Venue

Smithsonian American Art Museum
750 9th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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(202) 633-7970
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