Gelatin silver prints with text on mats
Dimensions: Each: 25 x 21 inches (63.5 x 53.3 cm)
The Ames Family Collection of Contemporary Photography
Object Number: 2002.197 a-e
Carrie Mae Weems is best known for constructed photographs, which she combines with text. For over thirty years she has been examining race, class, and gender in work that references the documentary tradition of photography while including posed domestic scenes, historic reenactments, and appropriated images.
As in her earlier groundbreaking series Kitchen Table, Weems tackles issues related to the politics of representation in Not Manet’s Type. Inserting her own body into the image, Weems literally and metaphorically enters the picture of art history. Not only does Weems refer to the color of the maid in Manet’s Olympia, she also reminds us of Pablo Picasso’s appropriation of African art and Willem de Kooning’s aggressive treatment of the female form, bringing attention to both the racism and sexism of modern art. ("Staged, Performed, Manipulated," curated by Andrea Inselmann and presented at the Johnson Museum January 24 - June 7, 2015)
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