Unknown (Persian, Safavid, Shiraz), Majnun in the wilderness, surrounded by animals (from a Khamsa of Nizami manuscript), ca. 1560, opaque watercolor on paper, heightened with gold, Bequest of Mrs. Horace W. Frost. (91.15.58)._x1200
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Art of the Month Club: Laurel O’Connor

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Sometimes art has a way of nuzzling against your curiosity and tugging you back to look a little longer and a little deeper. For me, Carrie Mae Weems’s “Kitchen Series” is just that kind of ‘sometimes art’.

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WCMA Co-presents Carrie Mae Weems Exhibition

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…

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Posing Beauty: Behind the Scenes

“How many of you have been here before?” Nine weeks into the run of the exhibition Posing Beauty in African American Culture, I have come to expect that at least a handful of students will raise their hand. Some have been to the show three and four times. “Don’t worry,” I say, “every tour is different.”

Posing Beauty is a large exhibition of photographs that explores issues of body image, identity, gender, and race. I have lead tours of Posing Beauty…

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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…

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