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Thursday, Mar 10, 2005

Carrie Mae Weems Exhibition Closing Soon - Don't Miss It!

Exhibition Examines
Complex History
of New Orleans
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Glens Falls, NY – Through April 10, 2005 The Hyde Collection’s Charles R. Wood Gallery will feature Carrie Mae Weems: The Louisiana Project. In this exhibition Ms. Weems, an internationally acclaimed installation artist and photographer, examines the complex history of New Orleans and investigates how perceptions of history, black women, race relations, and identity have been shaped in Louisiana and beyond. The installation utilizes still photography, narratives, and video projection to communicate the artist’s critical look at these issues. The Hyde is the only New England venue to present this traveling exhibition. An illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition and will be available in The Museum Store. Admittance to the Museum and the exhibition is FREE.

Weems was commissioned by the Newcomb Art Gallery of Tulane University in 2003 to commemorate the Bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase, resulting in The Louisiana Project. The exhibition will feature dozens of large scale photographs that evoke the courtly, European image of eighteenth century New Orleans society that are charged with Weems’ signature edge – silhouetted figures in period dress, masked men, and women engaged in provocative and ambiguous interactions. Other images refer to political figures — such as Napoleon and Jefferson — who drove the events of the day. The video will guide visitors through a cultural maze, which highlights the famous Rex Ball, one of the most important all white and segregated parties that took place during the season of Mardi Gras. Throughout the installation Ms. Weems incorporates herself to serve as a witness, an actor, and a performer. The exhibition is organized by the Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans and traveled under the auspices of Pamela Auchincloss/Arts Management, New York. The exhibition sponsor is Metroland.

Ms. Weems has exhibited internationally in solo and group shows for over twenty years. Her work is presented in and collected by major American museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Walker Art Center.

On Saturday, February 12, 2005 Ms. Weems will offer a visual presentation highlighting the scope of her work including the exhibition The Louisiana Project. The presentation will begin at 5:30PM in the Museum’s Helen Froehlich Auditorium, 161 Warren Street, Glens Falls. Admittance is FREE and open to the public.

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Note to Editors: Images are available by contacting Stacey Mattison at 518-792-1761, ext. 20 or smattison@hydecollection.org.

The Hyde Collection, a historic house and art museum complex, combines the heritage of the Adirondack Region with a distinguished permanent collection of works by European old, modern masters and American artists, important decorative arts, and antique furnishings. In addition, the Museum provides changing exhibitions in four gallery spaces, lectures, concerts, family activities, school programming, and a Museum Store. Admission is FREE with voluntary donations accepted. The Hyde Collection is a publicly supported institution located at 161 Warren Street, Glens Falls, New York. Open year-round Tuesday-Saturday 10am - 5pm, and Sunday noon - 5pm., Closed Mondays and national holidays. For information, call 518-792-1761. www.hydecollection.org.


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