ART & DESIGN

Revisit Carrie Mae Weems’ Enduring Kitchen Table Series

“I knew that I was making images unlike anything I had seen before,” the photographer Carrie Mae Weems says of her iconic Kitchen Table Series, in which she plays a woman acting out her roles as a mother, a lover, and a friend every day over a long period. She didn’t know, though, that it would go on to become a seminal work in its impact on conversations of race, relationships, and women. Take a look at the series here, still as relevant as ever and soon to be published in a stand-alone book by Damiani.

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“Untitled (Man and mirror)” © Carrie Mae Weems. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

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“Untitled (Eating lobster)” © Carrie Mae Weems. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

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“Untitled (Man reading newspaper)” © Carrie Mae Weems. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

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“Untitled (Woman and phone)” © Carrie Mae Weems. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

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“Untitled (Woman with friends)” © Carrie Mae Weems. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

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“Untitled (Woman brushing hair)” © Carrie Mae Weems. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

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“Untitled (Woman and daughter with makeup)” © Carrie Mae Weems. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

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“Untitled (Woman with daughter)” (© Carrie Mae Weems. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

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“Untitled (Woman and daughter with children)” © Carrie Mae Weems. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

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“Untitled (Woman standing alone)” © Carrie Mae Weems. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

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“Untitled (Nude)” © Carrie Mae Weems. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

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“Untitled (Woman playing solitaire)” © Carrie Mae Weems. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.