Weems’ work investigates family relationships, cultural identity, sexism, class, political systems, and the consequences of power. The recipient of both the MacArthur “Genius” grant as well as the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Weems has developed a complex body of art employing photographs, text, fabric, audio, digital images, installation, and video.
Throughout her work, she has paid particular attention to exploring the legacies of the 1960s, especially as they have been passed down to later generations through imagery and music.
Weems has exhibited her work internationally. Her most recent project, the live stage presentation ‘Grace Notes: Reflections for Now,’ premiered at the Spoleto Festival, followed by presentations at Yale University Theater and the Kennedy Center.
Weems’s UNCG presentation is offered by the University Concert and Lecture Series and the Falk Visiting Artist program in conjunction with the campus-wide project The 1960s: Exploring the Limits.
As part of her lecture, which is free and open to the public, Weems will discuss her 2008 project ‘Constructing History,’ in which she worked with students to explore the legacies of the 1960s.