Carrie Mae Weems (American, b. 1953); Detail from Afro Chic, 2009; Video x1200

Carrie Mae Weems ‘Slow Fade to Black’

July 28, 2011 - August 21, 2011

Slow Fade to Black is an exhibition co-presented by The Williams College Museum of Art and Downstreet Art at the Legacy Gallery, 28 Holden St., North Adams, MA. 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 historical drama staging, presenting several interlocking narrative 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 female performers, from Josephine Baker to Dorothy Dandridge and 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 seen photographs from still photographs, paintings and video projections, with sound designed with the assistance of composer Gregory Wanamaker.