Carrie Mae Weems
Carrie Mae Weems (born April 20, 1953 in Portland, Oregon) is an American visual artist who works with photography, textiles, audio, video, text, and installation, referring to herself as an image maker. In her complex body of work, Weems confronts cultural identity, systemic sexism, classism, and power dynamics present in contemporary American life.
Of her most notable works is her series Commemorative Plates, 1992, in which Weems commissioned the American china manufacturer Lenox—known for their production of customized dinner plates and tableware for the White House, U.S. Embassies, and governors’ mansions—to produce commemorative plates celebrating achievements and cultural contributions, both large and small, in Black American history. The plates range from memorializing famous Black jazz musicians to commemorating every black man who lives to see twenty-one.
In addition to being featured in numerous solo exhibitions at major national and international museums, Weems has worked as a photography teacher at several colleges across the country.