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Posted By Wendy Hower

Carrie Mae Weems

The Wall Street Journal’s timing is perfect with a feature on the artist Carrie Mae Weems, whose first New York retrospective opens today at the Guggenheim Museum.
Timing was also perfect for the Nasher Museum to acquire a beautiful Weems diptych (above) this month. We are thrilled to have booked the artist to deliver our Annual Rothschild Lecture on March 6.

From the WSJ piece, “A Star Three Decades in the Making”:
The exhibition is the latest in a spate of honors for Ms. Weems. In September, the MacArthur Foundation awarded her a “genius grant” worth $625,000—a moment she celebrated by donning a tiara, evening gown and fake jewels. Next month, she will join Aretha Franklin among the artists celebrated at the annual BET Honors, established by BET Networks, news she greeted with a near swoon.
“It was like, ‘No, this can’t be happening to me. Aretha Franklin and Carrie Weems? I mean, come on,'” Ms. Weems said.

We are cheering right along with Weems!

The Weems diptych will be on view at the Nasher Museum starting March 6 with the exhibition Sound Vision: Contemporary Art from the Collection.

The museum had already acquired an early work by Weems from 1989, Ode to Affirmative Action.

“Adding this later work from 2003 to our collection helps to convey more of the breadth of Carrie’s considerable artistic contribution and influence,” said Chief Curator Trevor Schoonmaker. “It is aesthetically and formally very strong and beautiful, but it is also conceptually sophisticated and raises many critical issues around gender, culture, history, race and representation that will be of great use to professors and students. I particularly love how her dress is made from quilts, inverting the tradition of making quilts from dresses.”

IMAGE: Carrie Mae Weems, I Looked and Looked to See What so Terrified You from the Louisiana Project, 2003. Chromogenic prints, 35 ¾ x 23 ¾ inches (90.8 × 60.3 cm) each. Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC. Image courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. © Carrie Mae Weems.

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