Picking up from her now iconic Kitchen Series, the new work of artist Carrie Mae Weems expands on questions of image appropriation and on-screen representation of black female culture. In the photo series “Scenes & Takes”, Weems assumes the persona of her black-robed alter-ego actress in imaginary elegant and sophisticated settings or in front of an empty stage. Shot from the back, Weems’ solitary character oozes vulnerability and loneliness articulated by the accompanying text that places her into an imaginary world of sophisticated clamour and fame that is at odds with the pop culture image of female black artists in film and music. By employing her own body as means of expression, Weems maintains that achieving more diversity in film and theatre is not simply a question of putting more non-white faces on the screen. It also is a also question of how the character is being perceived if the producers, writers, directors, and audience are white men. At Jack Shainman through December 10.