by Laura Hutson
The Carrie Mae Weems retrospective that's opening next week at the Frist has already started getting major national press. Time magazine featured it in their fall preview coverage last month, and over the weekend both the New York Times and Huffington Post ran previews of the exhibit.
The HuffPost piece called the show "a landmark exhibition," and ran an interview with Frist curator Katie Delmez, who says, "[My] goal for selecting objects for our exhibition was to provide an opportunity to really go deep with this important and in many ways underrepresented artist, to see both well-known works ... as well as previously unpublished surprises. ... We've also been able to include work that she has finished only in the last few months."
From a young age, I have been interested in learning more about people who are different from me and various "hidden histories," as Weems calls the stories not written into mainstream accounts. I was the child, for instance, who was always more intrigued by the servants' quarters when touring grand homes than the owners'. Weems's art has provided a meaningful way to continue this desire as an adult to see the world through other perspectives. In doing so, I have also been able to see the many connections that cross cultural, racial, and generational boundaries. Her work has also made clear the importance of digging deeper to find a more true truth and challenging the status quo when needed. I believe that I now see the world with greater awareness and compassion.
Read the whole interview here.
Look for more coverage of Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video in the Scene's Fall Guide, which comes out on Thursday, and in upcoming Country Life posts.