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Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects at the TCNJ Art Gallery

Archival pigment and silkscreened panel mounted on gesso board diptych, each framed panel. An art piece called All the Boys.
Carrie Mae Weems American, 2016 All the Boys (Blocked 1) Archival pigment and silkscreened panel mounted on gesso board diptych, each framed panel: 31-3/8 x 27-3/8 inches Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. L2019:87.3a,b


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


Opening Panel Discussion
Moderated by Dr. Michael B. Mitchell with Tracy Thompson and Jess Abolafia.
September 14, 5:00 with reception to follow

This fall, TCNJ Art Gallery will open Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects. 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.

Related Events: Learn more about the special events. All events are free and open to the public.

K-12 Curricular Guide: Download a teacher’s guide to the exhibition.

TCNJ Community: Additional articles and books related to the exhibition and about Carrie Mae Weems are included on this LibGuide through the TCNJ  Library:


Gallery hours:
Tuesday-Thursday 12-7
Friday 12-4
Sunday 1-3
And by appointment (

All exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

We welcome class visits, curricular projects, and collaborations with faculty and student organizations. Contact us to propose an idea, or for more information about the exhibition.

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.