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Carrie Mae Weems and WCMA

Did you know that the Williams College Museum of Art has a long history of working with Carrie Mae Weems?

In 2000, WCMA commissioned an installation by Carrie Mae Weems titled The Hampton Project, which also featured a selection of photographs from Frances Johnston’s stunning Hampton Album of 1900 (borrowed from the Museum of Modern Art in New York). These two women, distanced by time and race, both shared a fascination with the history and legacy of the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute (now Hampton University), founded by a Williams alumnus in 1868 as an institution devoted to the education of African-Americans and later Native-Americans.

In addition to this commissioning this installation, the museum also has over thirty works of art by Weems in its collection.

You can see works of art by Weems and other iconic artists in Posing Beauty in African American Culture, on view now through November 21.

The curator of Posing Beauty, Deborah Willis, will be discussing the exhibition with Robin Kelsey, Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography, and Carrie Mae Weems on Thursday, October 21 at 7:00 pm in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus.

Don’t miss this event!

Above image: Carrie Mae Weems (b. 1953), The Hampton Project, 2000, digital photographs printed with pigmented inks on muslin and canvas, Courtesy of the artist and Pilkington Olsoff Fine Arts, Inc., New York. Photo by Arthur Evans.

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