Art & Activism Educational Resources

SHORT: Carrie Mae Weems: “Roaming”


Featured in this video: Carrie Mae Weems
From the series: Exclusive
Release date: September 10, 2010

Carrie Mae Weems describes the impetus for her series “Roaming” (2006). An investigation into “the edifice of power,” Weems performed a series of photographic actions throughout Rome, Italy, contrasting her body with grand architectural structures and monumental surroundings.

Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Catherine Tatge. Camera: Joel Shapiro. Sound: Roger Phenix. Editor: Joaquin Perez. Artwork Courtesy: Jack Shainman Gallery & Carrie Mae Weems. © 2010 Art21, Inc.


PREVIEW: Kara Walker in Season 2 of “Art in the Twenty-First Century” (2003)


Featured in this video: Kara Walker
From the series: Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 2 (2003), Stories
Release date: September 1, 2003
Kara Walker’s work explores the raw intersection of race, gender, and sexuality through iconic, silhouetted figures. Walker unleashes the traditionally Victorian medium of the silhouette directly onto the walls of the gallery. In recent works, the Walker uses overhead projectors to throw light onto the walls and floor of the exhibition space, implicating the audience through their own shadows.Kara Walker’s is featured in the Season 2 episode “Stories” of the Art21 series “Art in the Twenty-First Century”.


SHORT: Kara Walker: Starting Out


Featured in this video: Kara Walker
From the series: Exclusive
Release date: July 25, 2014

In this episode of ART21 Exclusive, Kara Walker reflects on her early success and offers advice to the next generation of artists. Walker received widespread attention after being included in a group exhibition at The Drawing Center in New York City in 1994, not long after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. Walker remained in Providence until she “felt ready” to make the move to New York. However, “When I came to the City,” she says, “I felt like my newly forming ego and sense of self was just torn to shreds.” Now a professor in Columbia University’s MFA program, Walker sees the many challenges that young artists face today and encourages them to take responsibility for changing negative conditions in the art world. Walker is shown in New York City installing cut paper silhouettes and framed paintings at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. in 2013 and visiting the gallery’s booth at the 2014 Frieze Art Fair, where she is accompanied by her mother.

CREDITS: Producer: Ian Forster. Consulting Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interviewer: Ian Forster. Camera: Ian Forster, Nick Ravich, Rafael Salazar & Ava Wiland. Sound: Ava Wiland. Editor: Morgan Riles. Artwork Courtesy: Kara Walker & Sikkema Jenkins & Co. Additional Photography Courtesy: Andrea Guermani & Kara Walker. Special Thanks: Scott Briscoe, Cindy Daignault & Frieze Art Fair. Theme Music: Peter Foley.

ART21 Exclusive is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; 21c Museum Hotel, and by individual contributors.

 ICP Infinity Awards: On location with LaToya


In mini-docu style, editor and producer, Tim McLaughlin, connects his video footage with LaToya’s photographs by filming on location in Braddock, Pennsylvania. LaToya’s photographs are rooted in a sense of place, and McLaughlin felt the town was as much of a character in her work as her family.

LaToya Ruby Frazier ’s body of work “The Notion of Family” examines the impact of the steel industry and health care system on the community of Braddock, PA.



Video portrait of artist Yun-Fei Ji produced by Philip Dolin, Particle Productions, Inc.