Weems, photographer and ‘moral force,’ gives Thursday talk at Lesley University

093015i-Carrie-Mae-WeemsLesley University hosts photographer and multimedia artist Carrie Mae Weems on Thursday as the latest presenter in its free Strauch-Mosse Visiting Artist Lecture Series.

The much-honored Weems – she was a MacArthur “Genius” grant winner in 2013, has a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award and is set to receive the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal of Honor from Harvard University this fall – has been described by The New York Times as “one of the more interesting artists working in the gap between art and politics” and “a superb image maker and a moral force.”

Her more than three decades of work, featured at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Solomon Guggenheim Museum and other museums around the world, explores topics including racism, family relationships, cultural identity, sexism, social and economic class and the consequences of power.

Lesley University Dean Emeritus Stan Trecker described it as “a complex body of art addressing important social themes and employing photographs, text, fabric, installation and video” with Weems “often inserting herself into the image.”

Weems’ lecture is at 7 p.m., Thursday in Lesley University’s Washburn Auditorium, 10 Phillips Place, near Harvard Square. Information and reservations are here.


This post was written from a press release.

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