1/24/2014 to 5/14/2014
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Three Decades of Photography and Video
January 24–May 14, 2014
Carrie Mae Weems is a socially motivated artist
whose works invite contemplation of race, gender, and class.
Increasingly, she has broadened her view to include global struggles for
equality and justice. Comprehensive in scope, this retrospective
primarily features photographs, including the groundbreaking Kitchen
Table Series (1990), but also presents written texts, audio recordings,
and videos. The exhibition traces the evolution of Weems's career over
the last 30 years, from her early documentary and autobiographical
photographic series to the more conceptual and philosophically complex
works that have placed her at the forefront of contemporary art.
Although Weems employs a variety of means to address an array of issues,
all of her work displays an overarching commitment to better
understanding the present by closely examining history and identity. It
also contains a desire for universality: 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 all
Visit the artist's website for more information about her work.
More on the exhibition at the Guggenheim
Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video is
organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Tennessee.
This exhibition is supported in part by The Robert Mapplethorpe