How is identity shaped, formed, and expressed?
How can works of art help us understand our world and ourselves more fully?
“I always think about the work ultimately as dealing with questions of love and greater issues of humanity. The way it comes across is in echoes of identity and echoes of race and echoes of gender and echoes of class.” —Carrie Mae Weems
“It is necessary for me to utterly repudiate so-called good painting in order to be free to express that which is visually true to me.” —Bob Thompson
“Most of my work, when I look at it, is about memory and loss” —Jim Goldberg
Studying artists and their works invites explorations of identity and the human condition. What drives artists to create? What choices do artists make, and why? Sometimes artists directly engage with questions of identity in their artwork: Who am I? How do I relate to others, and how do they relate to me?