Along with Lorna Simpson, Glenn Ligon and Kara Walker, Weems was part of what was arguably the first generation of African-Americans to truly command the attention of the art world. Like her contemporaries, Weems used various approaches associated with Conceptual Art to explore the fraught subjects of race and gender. Her particular approach was to filter these issues through the narrative conventions of photography and video, resulting in works notable for their visually stark elegance and their poignant focus on the individual's relationship to history. The Guggenheim puts it all into focus with this 30-year survey of Weems's career.
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