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
A program of:
Carrie Mae Weems: Heave
Through photography, text, video, installation, and theatre, American artist Carrie Mae Weems 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.
Weems, a MacArthur grant recipient, 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. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions at major national and international museums including the Whitney Museum; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
As Weems’ first solo presentation in Canada, her exhibition in five parts 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.
Carrie Mae Weems, A Class Ponders the Future, 2008. Photograph. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY.
Carrie Mae Weems, People of a Darker Hue, 2016. Video still. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY.
Carrie Mae Weems, Heave: Part I – A Case Study (A Quiet Place), installation view at Cornell University, Fall 2018. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY.