Photo Credit: Gabor Szitanyi. Film still from Coming Up for Air, 2003-2005. Image courtesy of the artist.
Photo Credit: Gabor Szitanyi. Film still from Coming Up for Air, 2003-2005. Image courtesy of the artist.

Carrie Mae Weems:

Special Lecture by Carrie Mae Weems: Ways and Means

March 23, 2018–6:30 to 8:00 pm

Opening Reception:
Moore College of Art & Design
Graham Auditorium
1916 Race Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
RSVP required; $10 entry fee
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For questions about this program, please contact The Fabric Workshop and Museum at reservations@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org or (215) 561-8888.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum is pleased to present Ways and Means, a special lecture by Carrie Mae Weems. Considered one of the most influential contemporary American artists, Carrie Mae Weems has investigated universal themes such as family relationships and cultural identity for more than 35 years. Her complex body of work incorporates mediums ranging from photographs and audio recordings to works on fabric and video installations to address issues such as sexism, class, political systems and the consequences of power. 

Weems is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow and was one of the first artists to receive the US Department of State’s Medal of Arts in 2012. A retrospective exhibition of her work, Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Film and Video, was organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN in 2012 and then traveled to the Portland Art Museum, OR (2013); Cleveland Museum of Art, OH (2013); Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford, CA (2014); and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY (2014).

She was an Artist-in-Residence at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in 1991, and created The Apple of Adam’s Eye which became a central element in Carrie Mae Weems’ exhibition at FWM in 1993 and subsequently in Ritual & Revolution, her 1998 exhibition for the Dakar Biennale. This celebratory lecture marks the conclusion of FWM’s 40th anniversary exhibition, Process and Practice: 40 Years of Experimentation.


Major support for Process and Practice: 40 Years of Experimentation is provided by the Coby Foundation, Ltd., with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Joy of Giving Something, Inc., the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation, and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. Special thanks to Moore College of Art & Design for co-sponsoring Carrie Mae Weems' lecture.

Major support of FWM is provided by the Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud Foundation. FWM receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support is provided by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Agnes Gund, and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.

The Coby Foundation, Ltd.National Endowment for the ArtsJoy of Giving Something

Pennsylvania Council on the ArtsThe Philadelphia Cultural Fund


Moore College of Art and Design

American, born 1953, lives in New York City and Syracuse, New York
After completing a BA at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA (1981), Carrie Mae Weems continued on to graduate school, earning a MFA from the University of California, San Diego, before studying folklore at the University of California, Berkeley. Known for her integration of photography and text, Weems has focused her work on universal themes such as relationships and family, while simultaneously commenting on social, cultural, and historical realities. She is one of the leading artists to emerge from a period in American art focusing on identity politics. Her work has been the subject of frequent exhibitions, including a traveling exhibition organized by Williams College (2000); a one-person show at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York (1998); and a Projects show at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1995). In 1998, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, working with independent curator Mary Jane Jacob, organized an exhibition of Weems’ work for DAK’ART, an international biennial of Contemporary art in Dakar, Senegal.