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Now Open: Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects

Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects on display within the exhibit.
Installation view of Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects

Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects
August 30 – October 30, 2022

The exhibition includes recent photographic and video works questioning stereotypes that associate black bodies with criminality. Images from the All the Boys and The Usual Suspects series implicate these stereotypes in the deaths of black men and women at the hands of police, and confront the viewer with the fact of judicial inaction. Blocks of color obscuring faces point to the constructed nature of our notions of race and how these imagined concepts obscure humanity—here with very real and deadly outcomes. People of a Darker Hue, a meditative compilation of video, found footage, narration, and performance commemorates these deaths.

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Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects is organized by LSU Museum of Art. The project, which includes a fully illustrated catalogue, is a collaboration between the LSU College of Art + Design, the LSU School of Art and LSU Museum of Art. Support for this exhibition is provided by The Winifred and Kevin P. Reilly Jr. Fund with additional support from LSU Museum of Art Annual Exhibition Fund donors. At TCNJ, this program is made possible, in part, by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission through funding from the Mercer County Board of Chosen Commissioners and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Carrie Mae Weems
American, 2014
Color, Real and Imagined
Archival pigment with silkscreened color blocks
framed: 38-3/4 x 54-13/16 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.