The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of February 20, 2024

The Kitchen Table Series: Untitled (Woman Feeding Bird)

The Kitchen Table Series: Untitled (Woman Feeding Bird)

1990
(American, b. 1953)
Image: 38.1 x 38.1 cm (15 x 15 in.); Paper: 50.8 x 50.8 cm (20 x 20 in.)
© Carrie Mae Weems. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
Location: not on view

Description

In Untitled (Kitchen Table Series) Carrie Mae Weems staged and photographed a fictional drama, playing the lead role herself. In the context of a simple setting that remains constant—the artist’s own kitchen table—the series explores the
shifting roles occupied by the strong central female character: lover, friend, and mother. Together the images and texts suggest that while the woman is many things to others, she is first and foremost rooted in herself. The authority of the protagonist in Untitled (Kitchen Table Series) has had an enduring impact for over three decades since this iconic work was created.
  • Liebert, Emily, Nadiah Fellah, and William Griswold. Picturing Motherhood Now. Cleveland : Cleveland Museum of Art, 2021. Reproduced: p. 49, fig. 20.
  • Portraiture: American Photography 1960 to the Present. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (June 1-September 13, 2009).
    Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (June 30-September 29, 2013).
    Picturing Motherhood Now. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (October 16, 2021-March 13, 2022).
  • {{cite web|title=The Kitchen Table Series: Untitled (Woman Feeding Bird)|url=false|author=Carrie Mae Weems|year=1990|access-date=20 February 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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https://www.clevelandart.org/art/2008.116.17