• Carrie Mae Weems, Untitled (Colored People Grid), 2009–10, 11 pigment ink prints and 31 colored clay papers, overall dimensions variable, individual components: 10 x 10".

    “Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video”

    Frist Art Museum
    919 Broadway
    September 21, 2012–January 13, 2013

    Curated by Katie Delmez

    The nationwide tensions surrounding the presidential election provide an appropriate backdrop for a retrospective devoted to Carrie Mae Weems, an artist who consistently challenges us to think about how we arrived at where we are now. In the lead-up to Barack Obama’s first election, Weems made the series “Constructing History: A Requiem to Mark the Moment,” 2008, revisiting political assassinations of the past century to recall the loss on which our history is built. This exhibition of two hundred works—thirty years’ worth of photographs, text, and video—and the accompanying catalogue will bear out Weems’s compassionate focus on politics, history, and subjectivity and, all told, are sure to stir our emotions.