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Conversations: Carrie Mae Weems and The Shaw 54th Regiment Memorial

Now on View

Ongoing from March 17, 2021
West Building, Main Floor - Gallery 66

Be among the first to see our new acquisition, on display in conversation with a moving work of American sculpture.       

Come and experience how Carrie Mae Weems responds to The Shaw 54th Regiment Memorial, created a century earlier to honor one of the first Civil War regiments of African Americans formed in the North.

In her untitled series of photographs, Weems uses images of Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s memorial to commemorate the Great Migration of African Americans streaming north from the Jim Crow South after the Civil War. Layering text and pictures, Weems centers African American experiences that speak of racial pride and resilience, sacrifice and determination.

Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Admission is always free and passes are not required.

Banner detail: Augustus Saint-Gaudens, The Shaw 54th Regiment Memorial, 1900, patinated plaster, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park, Cornish, New Hampshire, X.15233; Carrie Mae Weems, Untitled (1 photograph of 7-part series), 1996, printed 2020, 7 inkjet prints with sandblasted text on glass in wood frames, Patrons’ Permanent Fund, 2020.96.1.1–7