Carrie Mae Weems: "I once knew a girl"
The Cooper Gallery presented the evocative work of internationally acclaimed photography and video installation artist Carrie Mae Weems, recipient of the 2013 MacArthur “Genius” grant and the 2015 W. E. B. Du Bois Medal. The exhibition highlighted her storytelling tableaux that question our social constructs of power, race, and space and pose a more multi-dimensional concept of humanity. Organized in three parts, Beauty, Legacies, and Landscapes, the installation illuminated our social and aesthetic vistas—both real and imagined—and centered on Weems' stunning expressions of black beauty.