Artcast August 2014
From the Archives: Carrie Mae Weems Artist Talk

We have once again sifted through the bulky steel filing cabinets in the SFMOMA offices to bring you another unpublished artist talk from our vast archive of cassette tapes, recordings of public programs spanning more than 30 years. The museum has embarked on a project to digitize these recordings and publish them online. This episode of SFMOMA Artcasts shares, unedited and in its entirety, an artist talk by photographer Carrie Mae Weems that was given in June 1993 in conjunction with a retrospective of her work at SFMOMA. Weems reflects on her Africa series, The Kitchen Table Series, Then What? Photographs and Folklore, and other works, describing how she aims to complicate preconceived notions of ethnicity and its role in American culture. The talk is briefly introduced by Sandra S. Phillips, senior curator of photography at SFMOMA, and concludes with a question-and-answer session with the audience.