Artist Carrie Mae Weems with Writer Mark Anthony Neal
LEFT: James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of African and African American Studies at Duke and author, Mark Anthony Neal. RIGHT: Artist Carrie Mae Weems.
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Artist Carrie Mae Weems and Mark Anthony Neal, James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of African and African American Studies at Duke, will discuss how art can function as a public awareness campaign during a pandemic. Carrie Mae Weems created the outdoor exhibition RESIST COVID / TAKE 6! to counter misperceptions about the COVID-19 virus, celebrate front line workers and raise issues of public health and racial inequities.
At Duke and around Durham, RESIST COVID / TAKE 6! is comprised of large-scale banners and window clings, posters, lawn signs, reusable bags and more, emblazoned with messaging that combats misinformation about the virus and emphasizes the disproportionate impact it has had on the lives of communities of color. The Nasher Museum is collaborating with Duke Arts and Duke Health to present the exhibition on Duke’s campus and in the surrounding community.