Carrie Mae Weems - Kitchen Table Series


The seminal Kitchen Table Series by Carrie Mae Weems is widely recognized as a masterpiece of performance and story-telling within the photographic image. In this series, Weems uses a subtle vocabulary of props, gesture, and gaze to frame complex questions about identity, gender construction, representation, parenthood, and the nature of human relationships. Weems describes her intention of Kitchen Table Series as a personal view on the world around her, “I endeavored to intertwine themes as I have found them in–racial, sexual, and cultural identity and history–and presented them with overtones of humor and sadness, loss and redemption.” The nonlinear narrative and issues presented in Weems’ Kitchen Table Series remain as topical and thought-provoking today as when the images were first created in the early 1990s.


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    I had the pleasure of seeing this exhibit in Chicago two years ago. It was one of the most powerful and moving exhibits...
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    Viewed this series in Nashville. Her entire collection of works is very compelling. One of the exhibits on my grad road...
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    I spent Slow Art Day with three images from Carrie Mae Weems’ Kitchen Table Series at SMOCA today. I thoroughly enjoyed...
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