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Through photography, text, video, installation, and theatre, American artist Carrie Mae Weems, a MacArthur grant recipient, has created a complex body of work that investigates family relationships, gender roles, racism, classism, and politics. Although her work addresses a wide array of issues, Weems’ overarching commitment is to help us better understand the present moment by examining our collective past. She is represented in public and private collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
This lecture, presented by the Art Museum at the University of Toronto and CONTACT Photography Festival, in collaboration with the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, coincides with Weems’ first solo presentation in Canada, an exhibition in five parts that includes an array of the artist’s pivotal, celebrated works, some in unique new iterations. Works will be shown at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, at CONTACT Gallery, and at three outdoor sites in Toronto’s Entertainment District, including the exterior of the TIFF Bell Lightbox, headquarters of the Toronto International Film Festival.