This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Carrie Mae Weems.
A new retrospective exhibition of Weems’s work titled, “Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video,” opened last week at Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts. Curated by Kathryn Delmez, it will travel to Weems’s hometown Portland Art Museum, to the Cleveland Museum of Art, to the Cantor Center at Stanford and to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. The catalogue, published by Yale University Press and including contributions from Delmez, Rob Storr, Deborah Willis and Franklin Sirmans, is full of good reads.
On the show Weems and I discuss:
- The way her work relies upon narrative and how she developed an interest in story-telling;
- The forward Henry Louis Gates, Jr. wrote for her catalogue and her upcoming involvement with his PBS show;
- Her research process; and
- Why she so often presents her back to the camera in her photographs.
On the second segment, I talk with Aimee Levitt, a staff writer at the Riverfront Times, an alt-weekly in St. Louis. A couple of weeks ago Levitt wrote this fantastic story about outsider artist Edward Deeds and how he and his work have been re-discovered. Click here for the RFT’s terrific gallery of dozens of Deedses.
The Modern Art Notes Podcast is an independent production of Modern Art Notes Media. The program is edited by Wilson Butterworth. The MAN Podcast is released under this Creative Commons license. For images of the works discussed on this week’s show, click through to the jump.
Also discussed on the program and available via Weems’s website:
- The Kitchen Table Series, 1990;
- Sea Island Series, 2003;
- The Jefferson Suite, 2001; and
- Constructing History, 2008.
Undated, untitled works by Edward Deeds: