The Marietta College Art Department is pleased to present “People of a Darker Hue” by Carrie Mae Weems, which will be on display in Gallery 310 from Friday, October 11th through Tuesday, November 26th.

An artist’s reception is scheduled for 4:00-6:00 p.m., Friday, October 11th.

Considered one of the most influential contemporary American artists, Weems has investigated family relationships, cultural identity, sexism, class, political systems and the consequences of power. Determined as ever to enter the picture – both literally and metaphorically – Weems has sustained an on-going dialogue within contemporary discourse for more than 30 years. During this time, Weems has developed a complex body of art employing photographs, text, fabric, audio, digital images, installation and video.

In 2013, Weems received the MacArthur “Genius” grant as well as the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She has also received the BET Honors Visual Artist award, the Lucie Award for Fine Art photography, was one of four artists honored at the Guggenheim’s 2014 International Gala, a recipient of the ICP Spotlights Award from the International Center of Photography, The WEB Dubois Award from Harvard University, as well as Honorary Degrees from: California College of the Arts, Colgate University, Bowdoin College, the School of Visual Arts and Syracuse University.

“People of A Darker Hue,” as noted by Hammonds House Museum, is “a 14-minute short which invites the viewer to reflect on enforcement practices and policies that impact communities of color. Weems narrates the film with her dignified cadence and at once becomes informer and mourner as she speaks the names of those unarmed men and women killed due to police violence.” The film will play continuously during gallery hours.

Gallery 310, located on the third floor of the Hermann Fine Arts Center at Marietta College, is open from noon-4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, or by appointment at Gallery 310 observes all Marietta College holidays and breaks. All exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.

Located in Marietta, Ohio, at the confluence of the Muskingum and Ohio rivers, Marietta College is a four-year liberal arts college. Tracing its roots to the Muskingum Academy back in 1797, the College was officially chartered in 1835. Today Marietta College serves a body of 1,200 full-time students. The College offers more than 50 majors and is consistently ranked as one of the top regional comprehensive colleges by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, as well as one of the nation’s best by Marietta was selected seventh in the nation according to the Brookings Institution’s rankings of colleges by their highest value added, regardless of major.