Janet Dees, Steven and Lisa Munster Tananbaum Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Grace Deveney, Curatorial Assistant, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and Northwestern Ph.D. Candidate in Art History discussed Weems’s art and her exploration of universal human experiences through the black subject.
From Opening Remarks by Susy Bielak, Block Museum Curator of Public Practice/ Associate Director of Engagement:
Over the last 30 years Weems has investigated family relationships, cultural identity sexism, class, political systems, and the consequences of power. Her complex body of work employs photographs, text, fabric, audio, digital images, installation, and video. Whether facing you across a kitchen table or roaming in a landscape her subjects propose a multidimensional picture of both history and humanity. As described by Holland Cotter: “Ms. Weems is what she has always been, a superb image maker and a moral force, focused and irrepressible.”