Carrie Mae Weems
The Ususal Suspects
12 April – 14 October 2018
In collaboration with the LSU School of 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.
Selections from Weems’ expansive oeuvre will also be featured in several Art in Louisiana: Views into the Collection galleries concurrent with Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects. Upon entering the museum, viewers will see a large work from 2003’s The Louisiana Project that reads, “While sitting upon the ruins of your remains, I pondered the course of history.“ This quote signals the critical lens Weems’ work will inspire as it appears alongside the LSU MOA permanent collection. Inclusion of works from Weems’ Slave Coast, The Louisiana Project, From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, and Slow Fade to Blackseries will broaden—and make explicit—conversations about identity, power, gender, race, and class that sometimes pass under the radar with historic art collections.