Hammonds House Museum launches its 30th Anniversary Season with an exhibition and film by acclaimed visual artist, Carrie Mae Weems. The Opening Night Reception will include a conversation with Anne Collins Smith, Spelman College Museum’s Curator of Collections, facilitated by Hammonds House Museum’s Interim Executive Director and exhibition curator Leatrice Ellzy Wright.
The exhibition, From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, exposes how photography has played a key role throughout history in shaping and supporting racism, stereotyping and social injustice. The installation is comprised of appropriated photographs of enslaved people in the American South and other 19th and 20th century photographs of Africans and African Americans that Weems found in museum and university archives. She re-photographed the images, enlarging them and printing them through colored filters. Two blue images bookend a grouping of images printed in red. She framed the red-toned prints in circular mattes, meant to suggest the lens of a camera, and placed all of the prints beneath glass sandblasted with text. Each photograph with a text written by Weems, evokes the layers of prejudice imposed on the depicted men and women. Weems’ work offers a contemporary reading of this historical group of images.
“People of A Darker Hue” is the title of the film that will be on view. The 14 minute short, narrated by Weems, serves as requiem to the many black men and women who have been killed by law enforcement officers and lens into criminal justice policies which impact people of color.
Admission is $7.00 per person. $5.00 for Seniors. Free for Hammonds House Museum Members.