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Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects

  • 100 Lafayette Street, Fifth Floor Shaw Center for the Arts Baton Rouge, LA 70801
  • LSU Museum of Art-Shaw Center for the Arts
  • April 12, 2018 - October 14, 2018
  • Recurring daily
  • Price: Adults, 13 and older: $5Children, 12 and under: FreeMembers: FreeUniversity student with ID: FreeThe first Sunday of every month is FREE admission.
  • 225-389-7200
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Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects will be on view at the LSU Museum of Art April 12 through October 14, 2018. 

In collaboration with the LSU School of Art, Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects includes recent photographic and video works questioning stereotypes that associate black bodies with criminality. Images from the All the Boys and The Usual Suspects series implicate these stereotypes in the deaths of black men and women at the hands of police, and confront the viewer with the fact of judicial inaction. Blocks of color obscuring faces point to the constructed nature of our notions of race and how these imagined concepts obscure humanity—here with very real and deadly outcomes. People of a Darker Hue, a meditative compilation of video, found footage, narration, and performance commemorates these deaths.

Selections from Weems’ expansive oeuvre will also be featured in several Art in Louisiana: Views into the Collection galleries concurrent with Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects. Upon entering the museum, viewers will see a large work from 2003’s The Louisiana Project that reads, “While sitting upon the ruins of your remains, I pondered the course of history." This quote signals the critical lens Weems’ work will inspire as it appears alongside the LSU MOA permanent collection. Inclusion of works from Weems’ Slave Coast, The Louisiana ProjectFrom Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, and Slow Fade to Blackseries will broaden—and make explicit—conversations about identity, power, gender, race, and class that sometimes pass under the radar with historic art collections.