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Dawoud Bey & Carrie Mae Weems: In Dialogue traces the careers and 45-year friendship of two of the most significant photo-based artists working today.

We can't mention Inye Wakoma's work on the curatorial team for American Art, The Stories We Carry, and not also give an emphatic Shout-Out to the groundbreaking photography exhibit featuring Dawoud Bey and Carrie Mae Weems now on view at Seattle Art Museum.

Running from November 17th through January 22nd, the showing features over 140 works by the artists, who explore ideas grounded in the experiences of Black people refracted through issues of gender, class, and systems of power. In Dialogue presents a series of thematic explorations of their distinct yet overlapping concerns and approaches. This is the first time their celebrated work—the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions—has been shown together to explore their spirited engagement with each other over the years and Seattle is the third stop on the exhibition's US tour.

Black woman stands in a white dress with her hand on her head and back to the camera against a white wall. Black and white image
First Self Portrait, 1975, Carrie Mae Weems, American, born 1953, gelatin silver print, 8 5/8 x 8 5/8 inches, © Carrie Mae Weems, courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

In conjunction with the exhibition, SAM Photo Club is engaging an Instagram program where they ask their followers to snap a photo according to exhibition-related themes, tag the photo with #SAMPhotoClub, and share it to their feed. Throughout the run of Dawoud Bey & Carrie Mae Weems: In Dialogue (November 17, 2022–January 20, 2023), Seattle Art Museum will announce photography submissions for three of the defining motifs of their respective careers: self-portraits, street photography, and family and community.

Every week, they'll share a few of the photographs that have been tagged in their Instagram stories. At the end of the exhibition, they'll compile the photos they've received across all three categories and share them on the SAM Blog!

When to participate

  • Friday, December 9: Street photography

  • Friday, December 30: Family & community photography

How to participate

  • Follow SAM on Instagram and keep an eye out for each theme announcement

  • Share your photographs with #SAMPhotoClub!

You do not want to miss Dawoud Bey & Carrie Mae Weems: In Dialogue.

Learn more and purchase tickets here!

Young Black man in a puffy coat and black hat leans against a wrought iron fence and looks straight on at the camera
A Young Man Leaning on a Fence , Brooklyn, NY, 1988, Dawoud Bey, American, born 1953, gelatin silver print, 24 x 20 inches, © Dawoud Bey, courtesy of Stephen Daiter Gallery


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