BAHM | 2.17.18 | A.M. Weaver
A.M. Weaver was a Philadelphia-based independent curator, artist, critic and writer, who passed away earlier this year. She served as Director of Visual and Media Arts at the Painted Bride Art Center, an alternative art space in Philadelphia. While there, she curated a multimedia exhibit, Whose Vanguard?, which culminated in a lesbian film festival in 1998. Weaver also acted as Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Noyes Museum of Art in New Jersey from 2003 to 2006. In 2009, she was awarded the Leeway Transformation Award. Her writing has been featured in ArtForum, Frieze, Art in America, Art South Africa, Aperture, Artblog, and Bomb.
In 2017 she curated Gardens of My Mind: Echoes of the Feminine View at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, which explored spiritual cultivation through art making and featured the work (some large-scale installation) of Barbara Bullock, Martha Jackson Jarvis, E.J. Montgomery, Joiri Minaya and Glynnis Reed.
In 2014, she was one of five curators who contributed to the 5x5 guest curator program, sponsored by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Her project, CoDM or Ceremonies of Dark Men, consisted of a series of billboards showcasing the photography and poetry of a number of black male artists, seeking to combat destructive portrayals of black men in the media. Other notable exhibitions, curated by Weaver, include Convergence at Morgan State University in 2002 and a photography-based exhibit, Screenings: Public and Private, in 2004.