April 9-22, 2004
Vol. 34, Issue 7
Back Issues
Pituitary Center brings life-changing treatment to thousands
Student health insurance plan
Headlines @ U.Va.
U.Va. marks the 261st birthday of its founder — Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals in Architecture an Law
Aerospace institute becoming a reality in Hampton
Online applications aid admissions process
Fatton: No ray of hope for native Haiti
Grossman enters new world of responsibility
Women’s Center to honor Arizona’s trailblazing Gov. Janet Napolitano
Artist explores DNA and difference in
‘ Jefferson Suites’
Nobel Prize-winning poet
Seamus Heaney to read April 19
Roaming Rome, Wylie focuses on material and light
Artist explores DNA and Difference in ‘Jefferson Suites’
One of Weems’ installations
One of Weems’ installations

Photographer Carrie Mae Weems, whose work is on display at the University Art Museum, makes things that are “beautiful, seductive, formally challenging and culturally meaningful.” Her multimedia installation, “The Jefferson Suites,” reflects her interest in unresolved issues of racial and gender identity by examining the ramifications of genetic research and the politics of DNA technologies. The name of the installation alludes to the DNA analysis of descendants of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, which proved there was a genetic relationship between the families.

April 21, Weems will sit down in Campbell Hall room 153 with U.Va. English professor Deborah McDowell to talk about the exhibition and her career. A reception will follow, where students will perform their own choreographed dances in response to “The Jefferson Suite” exhibit.

Weems has taught extensively in colleges and universities, including Harvard and Williams, and has received numerous national awards.


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