January 13 through May 5, 2019

Scheller, Rodale, and Fowler Galleries

Carrie Mae Weems: Strategies of Engagement examines this eminent American artist’s diverse and innovative career through both celebrated and rarely exhibited projects made during the last 30 years. The exhibition presents artwork growing out of Weems’s critical explorations of history, a focus that is powerfully relevant in the context of current activism around racial equality and social justice. Visitors will experience immersive installations of suspended images on fabric and encounter video and photographs that expose systems of power and injustice.

Through her art, Weems engages us in debates about power and resistance, history and identity, and racial, gender, and class discrimination. Strategies of Engagement features art that is relevant and profound, sometimes imbued with melancholy, sometimes with dark humor, and occasionally with moments of unexpected hope.

Works from the collection of Carrie Mae Weems and Williams College Museum of Art.
Exhibition organized by the McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College.
This exhibition was curated by Robin Lydenberg and Ash Anderson and is traveled by art2art Circulating Exhibitions.

Carrie Mae Weems (American, born 1953), All the Boys (Profile 1), 2016, archival pigment print, 35.4 x 27.4 in. (each) © Carrie Mae Weems/Courtesy of Carrie Mae Weems and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Featured image: If I Ruled the World (detail) from Hopes and Dreams: Gestures of Demonstration, 2006–07, archival pigment print, 37 x 27 in. © Carrie Mae Weems/Courtesy of Carrie Mae Weems and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Carrie Mae Weems: Strategies of Engagement at the Allentown Art Museum has been funded by Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz. Additional funding has been provided by Karen and Richard Albert, the Allentown Art Museum Auxiliary, and Magellan Financial Inc. Special assistance and support has been provided by Duggan & Marcon Inc.