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Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects
April 12 @ 6:00 pm - October 14 @ 6:00 pm
The LSU Museum of Art’s annual collaborative exhibition with the LSU School of Art will feature two of renowned artist Carrie Mae Weems’ recent photographic and video series, “All the Boys” and “The Usual Suspects,” on display at the LSU Museum of Art April 12, 2018 – October 14, 2018. A reception featuring a gallery talk given by Ms. Weems will be held 6–8 p.m. at the LSU Museum of Art on Thursday, April 12, 2018. Weems is the LSU College of Art & Design’s 2017-18 Nadine Carter Russell Chair in 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.
Selected works from Weems’ series will appear in the museum’s permanent collection.