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Exhibition Detail
Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades in Photography and Video
Curated by: Katie Delmez
919 Broadway
Nashville, Tennessee 37203


September 21st, 2012 - January 13th, 2013
 
A Broad and Expansive Sky—Ancient Rome from Roaming, Carrie Mae WeemsCarrie Mae Weems,
A Broad and Expansive Sky—Ancient Rome from Roaming,
2006, Digital chromogenic print, 73 x 61 in.
© Carrie Mae Weems. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
 Blue Black Boy from Colored People, Carrie Mae WeemsCarrie Mae Weems,
Blue Black Boy from Colored People,
1989–90, Triptych, three toned gelatin silver prints with Prestype and frame, Overall: 16 x 48 in.; Images: 16 x 16 in. each
© Carrie Mae Weems. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Photography Committee, 2001.257a-d.
Afro-Chic (video still), Carrie Mae WeemsCarrie Mae Weems, Afro-Chic (video still),
2010, DVD, 5 minutes, 30 seconds
© Carrie Mae Weems. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
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Carrie Mae Weems is a socially motivated artist whose works invite contemplation on issues surrounding race, gender and class. Increasingly, she has broadened her view to include global struggles for equality and justice.  This retrospective, which is composed of more than 150 objects—primarily photographs but also written texts, audio recordings, fabric banners and videos—will provide an opportunity to trace the evolution of Weems’s career over the last 30 years.  Although she employs a variety of means and addresses an array of issues, an overarching commitment to better understanding the present by closely examining history and identity is found throughout her work.  A notion of universality is also present: while African-Americans are typically her primary subjects, Weems wants “people of color to stand for the human multitudes” and for her art to resonate with audiences of all races. 

This exhibition is organized by the Frist Center and curated by Frist Center Curator Katie Delmez.


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