The Kitchen Table Series

The Kitchen Table Series

1990

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Carrie Mae Weems

(American, b. 1953)

20 platinum prints, 14 letter press text sheets

Image: 38.1 x 38.1 cm (15 x 15 in.); Paper: 50.8 x 50.8 cm (20 x 20 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2008.116

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In 1990 Weems created an iconic body of work—Untitled (Kitchen Table Series)—that forcefully combines her talents as an artist, historian, and poet with a keen interest in how images shape the perception of color, gender, and class. She staged a fictional drama exploring four topics: the love relationship between the woman (played by Weems herself) and man; the woman seeking consolation from friends and family; the woman’s role as a mother; and the woman coping with being alone. The simple setting remains constant. Weems enhanced the overall impact of the photographs by adding sheets of text that reveal the woman’s private doubts, beliefs, and ambitions. The overall result is a compelling contemporary fable.

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