Thursday, March 6, 2014
“A Star Three Decades in the Making” — The Wall Street Journal
The Nasher Museum presents American artist Carrie Mae Weems, a star in the contemporary art world known for powerful and provocative photographs and videos. Weems’ reputation has grown over the course of her career, through documentary and autobiographical photographic work and also more conceptual and philosophically complex works, including the groundbreaking Kitchen Table Series (1990). Weems is a socially motivated artist whose work confronts stereotypes and labels. She has said she wants “people of color to stand for the human multitudes” and for her work to resonate with all audiences. In September 2013, Weems was awarded a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant,” and the Guggenheim Museum in New York opened a 30-year retrospective of her work in January 2014. This spring, the Nasher Museum acquired a second work by Weems, the 2003 diptych on view in the exhibition Sound Vision: Contemporary Art from the Collection (March 6 – August 3, 2014). Weems grew up in Portland, Ore., and is based in Syracuse, NY. The annual lecture is made possible by Barbra and Andrew Rothschild. Free and open to the public. Lecture hall opens at 6:30 PM and space is limited.