The Bowdoin College Museum of Art congratulates Carrie Mae Weems to the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts and is proud to present her video The Maddening Crowd (2011).
Carrie Mae Weems is an internationally known photographer and visual artist based in Syracuse, New York. A native of Portland, Oregon, she studied photography and design at San Francisco City College. She earned a B.F.A. at the California Institute of the Arts in 1981 and an M.F.A. at the University of California, San Diego in 1984. She attended the Folklore Graduate Program at the University of California, Berkeley from 1984 to 1987.
Throughout her career Weems has created a complex body of work that encompasses photographic images, text, audio, digital images, video, and installations. Weems's art tells stories about gender roles, family relationships, social histories, and cultural identity. In Weems's single-channel video The Maddening Crowd (2011) a female narrator invites viewers to "look closely through the corridor of time" to make out signs of hope and take responsibility for their own future.
Carrie Mae Weems has exhibited widely, in venues ranging from The J. Paul Getty Museum and the Walker Art Center to numerous academic art museums. Starting in September 2012, the retrospective exhibition, Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video, will travel to four locations, including the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum. Her work is represented in virtually all major art museums in the United States. She was featured in 2009 on the PBS series Art in the Twenty-First Century and continues to attract enormous critical attention.