The Nasher Museum is collaborating with Duke Arts and Duke Health to present an unprecedented outdoor exhibition and public awareness campaign by nationally renowned artist Carrie Mae Weems. The project, called RESIST COVID / TAKE SIX!, emphasizes the disproportionate impact of the deadly virus on the lives of communities of color, through large-scale banners and window clings, posters, street signs and more.

RESIST COVID / TAKE 6! allows Duke to present an impactful outdoor art experience safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Campus partners are planning programs around this project. Later in the fall, RESIST COVID / TAKE 6! will extend into the surrounding community. Posters and yard signs will be available to all partners. In coordination with General Services, City of Durham and Durham County, the project will be installed in various public spaces.

 

The Nasher Museum has a long history and strong relationship with artist Carrie Mae Weems, whose work is part of the museum’s collection.

Widely renowned as one of the most influential living American artists, Weems examines how our society structures power through deeply embedded stories, images and ideas. A gifted storyteller who works porously between text and image, Weems has developed a revolutionary approach to the expression of narratives about women, people of color and working-class communities, “conjuring lush art from the arid polemics of identity” (The New York Times). With a complex body of work encompassing photography, text, fabric, audio, digital image, installation, performance, and video, Weems’s work asks us to look deeply at the two-dimensional image, to explore complex realities and revisit unexamined perspectives.

“RESIST COVID / TAKE SIX! will be a catalyst for discussions within and beyond the Duke community. The project helps to combat misperceptions about the COVID-19 virus, celebrates front line workers, raises issues of public health and racial inequities, and underscores how art can function as a public awareness campaign.”-Marshall N. Price, Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum