In the new issue of Nashville Arts Magazine, Daniel Tidwell, NPT Arts Break Blog contributor, offers an insightful and contextual look at the work of Carrie Mae Weems. The Frist Center for the Visual Arts this month will open the first major retrospective of the artist.
A deep-seated yearning to tell the untold stories of African Americans and her belief “that black folks operate under a cloud of invisibility . . . even in the midst of the great social changes we’ve experienced . . . with the election of Barack Obama” is at the heart of her art. Weems works in opposition to society’s refusal to include marginalized peoples as part of the greater whole. “Black experience is not really the main point; rather, complex, dimensional, human experience and social inclusion . . . is the real point,“ says the artist.
For the complete article, please visit Nashville Arts Magazine. Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video will be at the Frist Center September 21 through January 13.