FIRST MAJOR RETROSPECTIVE DEVOTED TO CARRIE MAE WEEMS OPENS AT THE FRIST SEPTEMBER 21. INCLUDES NEVER-BEFORE EXHIBITED PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO

Exhibition of 225 works traces Weems’ career as an artist and social activist

Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video is the first major museum retrospective devoted to the work of Ms. Weems, who is one of the most accomplished and celebrated photographers working today, and one of the most eloquent interpreters of the African American experience. Opening at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, in Nashville, Tennessee, on September 21, 2012, the exhibition spans the artist’s career with some 225 photographs, installations, and videos, including both well-known examples and never-before exhibited works. The latter includes both new works—an assemblage of photographs titled An Essay on Equivalents and the video Cornered—and a selection of the artist’s earliest documentary production from the late 1970s and early 1980s. The exhibition also represents the first time that the highly influential Kitchen Table Series and From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried will be presented together in their entireties.

Organized by the Frist, Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video remains on view through January 13, 2013. It is supported in part by grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and a gift from Robert and Richard Menschel.

Following its presentation at the Frist Center, the exhibition will travel to the Portland Art Museum (February 2–May 19, 2013); Cleveland Museum of Art (June 30–September 29, 2013); Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University (October 16, 2013–January 5, 2014); and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (January 24–April 23, 2014).

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