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WCMA Co-presents Carrie Mae Weems Exhibition

Carrie Mae Weems (American, b. 1953); Detail from Afro Chic, 2009; Video x220

WCMA and Downstreet Art co-present the exhibition “Slow Fade to Black” by award-winning photographer and artist Carrie Mae Weems. An opening reception will be held at the Legacy Gallery, 28 Holden St., 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, July 28. The event, which is part of DownStreet Art Thursdays, is free and open to the public.

Weems’ photographs, films and videos focus on issues that face African Americans today – such as racism, gender relations, politics and personal identity. For this exhibition, Weems takes a critical look at the historical drama staging, presenting several interlocking narratives works that play across the historical divide.

The project explores the slippery slope of memory as it considers the great debates of the 1960s amongst the likes of Marlon Brando, James Baldwin and William F. Buckley, and the extraordinary females performers, dance and singers from Josephine Baker to Dorothy Dandridge Abbey Lincoln whose voices both entertained us and provided the backdrop to our very lives.

The show will consist of two new video projections and rarely seem photographs from still photographs, paintings and video projections, with sound designed with the assistance of composer Gregory Wanamaker.

Above: Carrie Mae Weems (American, b. 1953); Detail from Afro Chic, 2009; Video

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