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Keynote Address: "Carrie Mae Weems: An Artist Reflects"

When: Sat., Sept. 22, 11 a.m. 2012

For three decades, Carrie Mae Weems has been making work that is provocative, emotive and often beautiful. She’s known for her photographs and videos, and I’m particularly attracted to the way the she incorporates text into her imagery, often commenting on gender roles and race. Frist Center curator Katie Delmez has organized the very first retrospective of the artist’s work. Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video will eventually find its way to the Guggenheim Museum, and it’s all but certain that Delmez has given Nashville its blockbuster show of the year. Weems’ keynote address at the Frist Center is sure to be an enlightening overview of both a celebrated career and an exhibition that’s already making noise in the national press. The 11 a.m. artist’s talk will be followed by a panel discussion at 1 p.m. featuring contributors to the exhibition’s catalog, including independent curator and writer Franklin Sirmans, curator of contemporary art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Robert Storr, dean of Yale University School of Art; and Deborah Willis, professor of photography and imaging at New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 744-3999.

Joe Nolan

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