This special exhibition presents a focused selection of works from longtime intellectual colleagues Dawoud Bey and Carrie Mae Weems, two of the most significant photo-based contemporary American artists working today. Both born in 1953, Bey and Weems both explore ideas grounded in the experiences of Black people refracted through issues of gender, class, and systems of power. The exhibition presents a series of thematic explorations of their distinct yet overlapping concerns and approaches. The exhibition is organized by the Grand Rapids Art Museum; SAM is the third stop on its US tour.
Couple in Prospect Park, 1990 (printed 2018), Dawoud Bey, American, born 1953, gelatin silver print, 21 7/8 x17 ½ inches, Grand Rapids Art Museum, museum purchase, 2018.22. © Dawoud Bey, courtesy of Stephen Daiter Gallery.