Carrie Mae Weems: Kitchen Table Series

About the Artist

Carrie Mae Weems (born 1953) is considered one of the most influential contemporary American artists. In a career spanning over 30 years, she has investigated family relationships, cultural identity, sexism, class, political systems, and the consequences of power. Weems’s complex body of art employs photographs, text, fabric, audio, digital images, installation, and video. Weems has received numerous awards, grants, and fellowships, including the prestigious MacArthur "Genius" grant and the Prix de Roma. She is represented in public and private collections around the world, including the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Carrie Mae Weems: Kitchen Table Series

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Text by Sarah Lewis and Adrienne Edwards

Kitchen Table Series is the first publication dedicated solely to this early and important body of work by the American artist Carrie Mae Weems. The 20 photographs and 14 text panels that make up Kitchen Table Series tell a story of one woman’s life, as conducted in the intimate setting of her kitchen. The kitchen, one of the primary spaces of domesticity and the traditional domain of women, frames her story, revealing to us her relationships—with lovers, children, friends—and her own sense of self, in her varying projections of strength, vulnerability, aloofness, tenderness, and solitude. As Weems describes it, this work of art, dealing with "unrequited love," depicts "the battle around the family . . . monogamy . . . and between the sexes." Weems herself is the protagonist of the series, though the woman she depicts is an archetype. Kitchen Table Series seeks to reposition and reimagine the possibility of women and the possibility of people of color.

  • Hardcover
  • 9.75 x 13.5 inches
  • 86 pages, 34 b+w illustrations
  • Published: 2016


Editorial Reviews

"The photographs are lush, the writing inventively colloquial, the forward pace engrossing. This is political art . . . but subsumed into the universal realities of life lived, daily, messy, crowded, at home." —Holland Cotter, The New York Times

"In book form, Kitchen Table is more intimate… Unlike the experience of meandering through a museum, stepping back to appreciate the images and nearing the text panels to skim them, the pace of exploration is now in a person’s hands. [Weems] and Matsumoto spread out the series—and essays by the scholars Sarah Lewis and Adrienne Edwards—over 86 pages, supplying ample space to absorb it. Weems remarks, of Kitchen Table in particular, 'It has clearly touched the lives of a great many people. It touches a chord and speaks to something that’s fairly universal.' And, something that’s continuously fresh." —Hilary Moss, The New York Times Style Magazine

"[Weems's] Kitchen Table Series . . . [is] enduring, making its way into plenty of books and museums over the years. It’s now finally getting a stand-alone copy." —Stephanie Eckardt, W Magazine

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