Internationally renowned artist Carrie Mae Weems is one of the most important artists working today. Her work in photography, video and installation examines the history of culture, gender, and race within American society. The Louisiana Project was commissioned in 2003 to commemorate the bicentennial of the The Louisiana Purchase. However, the impact of this exhibition extends more widely than the particular culture of New Orleans.
Carrie Mae Weems has been exhibiting internationally for over 20 years. Her work has been collected by virtually every major American art museum including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Getty Center. She has been awarded numerous honors and has served as artist-in-residence at the National Endowment for the Arts, Bunting Institute at Harvard University, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Recently, she was awarded the Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize Fellowship by the Trustees of the American Academy in Rome. This exhibition has been organized by the Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans and toured under the auspices of Pamela Auchincloss/Arts Management, New York.