Carrie Mae Weems Afro Chic

Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video

September 21–January 13, 2013 | Exhibition
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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.

This exhibition will travel on the following schedule:
Frist Center for the Visual Arts: Sept. 21, 2012–Jan. 13, 2013
Portland Art Museum (OR): Feb. 2–May 19, 2013
Cleveland Museum of Art: June 30–Sept. 29, 2013
Cantor Center for the Visual Arts, Stanford University: Oct. 2013–Jan. 2014
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York: Jan. 24–April 23, 2014

Carrie Mae Weems Blue Black Boy
Carrie Mae Weems. Blue Black Boy from Colored People, 1989–90.
Carrie Mae Weems. Afro-Chic (video still), 2010.

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