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CARRIE MAE WEEMS (1953 - ) Untitled (Woman As Napoleon Riding Atop A Man).
Archival pigment print, 2003. 441x609 mm; 17 5/8x24 inches, full margins. Artist's proof, aside from the edition of 50. Signed, dated and inscribed "Artist's Proof" in pencil, lower edge verso. From the artist's The Louisiana Project series.
In 2003, the Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane University commissioned Carrie Mae Weems to create a work in response to the bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase. Consisting of more than seventy separate photographs and screenprints, a video, and a live performance by the artist at its debut, The Louisiana Project examines both the distant past of slaveholding, antebellum Louisiana and the state's recent present, characterized by the economic crisis and racial segregation. The Louisiana Project juxtaposes the secrecy that surrounds the Rex Ball, an exclusive event attended by members of New Orleans's white upper class, and the not-so-secret sexual liaisons had by the male scions of these elite families with African American women from the adjacent community of the gens du coleur throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.