NYSCA and Edward Hopper House honor New York artist Carrie Mae Weems

Carrie Mae Weems, Dia Beacon from Beacon, 2003-05, Archival pigment print, 33.25 x 29.25 x 1.25 in.

This Thursday, one of New York State’s most influential artists will present an exclusive exhibition in connection with an award presented by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Carrie Mae Weems, recipient of the 2017 Edward Hopper Citation of Merit for Visual Artists, in recognition of her significant artistic contributions to the state of New York, will exhibit Beacon, a series of photographs documenting the changing landscape and culture of Beacon, NY, at Edward Hopper House in Nyack.

“To be receiving this award in recognition of the great artist Edward Hopper, whose painted world of dark nights and lonely people were so often a home to my imagination and anchor to my own practice is a tremendous honor,” said Weems.

Weems places herself as the subject in the Beacon photographs, always pictured standing with her back to the camera, observing and “bearing witness, confronting something, [serving] as a guide to the viewer standing with me.”

Weems is celebrated for her photography, films, and videos that address social themes focusing on race, gender, and class.  She has exhibited at major institutions throughout the world, and she is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the MacArthur “Genius” grant, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Prix de Roma, and many more. She lives and works in Syracuse, NY.

This exhibition is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. We are thrilled to support Carrie Mae Weems and celebrate New York State’s vibrant culture and exceptional artistry through this award.

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