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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    SCAD Museum of Art, Carrie Mae Weems: Considered, February 16 – June 12, 2016
    Saratoga Springs, Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Classless Society, September 7, 2013–March 9, 2014, p. 123 (illustrated)

  • Literature

    Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video, exh. cat, 2013, p. 169 (illustrated)
    Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, Represent 200 Years of African American Art in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, 2014. p. 3 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Carrie Mae Weems
    Born in 1953, Portland, Oregon

    1981 BFA California Institute of the Arts, Valencia
    1984 MFA University of California, San Diego
    1984–1987 Graduate Program in Folklore, University of California, Berkeley

    Selected museum exhibitions: McMullen Museum of Art, Boston (2018); Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University (2016); The Studio Museum in Harlem (2014); Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville (2013); Art Institute of Chicago (2011); Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University (2003); Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts (2000); Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (1994); Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (1991)
    Selected honors: Distinguished Feminist Award, College Art Association (2016); International Center of Photography Spotlights Award (2015); W.E.B. Du Bois Medal, Harvard University (2015); John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (2013); Medal of Arts, U.S. Department of State (2012); Anonymous Was a Woman Award (2007); Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize Fellowship, American Academy (2005); The Alpert Award for Visual Arts (1996)
    Selected public collections: Art Institute of Chicago; Brooklyn Museum; George Eastman House, Rochester, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; MIT List Visual Arts Center; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Tate Modern, London; Virginia Museum of Art, Richmond; Whitney Museum of American Art

    Begun in 2006, Carrie Mae Weems’ Museum series are photographs of the artist’s back as she stands outside museums worldwide. In this work, we see the Philadelphia Museum’s iconic staircase and the vast plaza, which is empty save for Weems and a pile of litter. As a black woman artist, Weems’ use of her own image in these works bring to the fore the racial and gender barriers to institutional success – a theme made more complex by the scaffolding and large banners announcing a Frida Kahlo exhibition on the museum’s façade.


Philadelphia Museum of Art

2006 - Present
chromogenic print
sheet 72 x 60 in. (182.9 x 152.4 cm.)
framed 73 1/2 x 61 1/2 in. (186.7 x 156.2 cm.)

This work is number L2 from an edition of 5 plus 2 artist proofs.

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NOMEN: American Women Artists from 1945 to Today

New York Selling Exhibition 19 June - 3 August 2019