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The MAN Podcast: Carrie Mae Weems

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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.

How to listen: To download the program to your PC/mobile device, click here. Subscribe to The Modern Art Notes Podcast via iTunes or RSS. Stream the program at MANPodcast.com.

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.

Carrie Mae Weems, You Became a Scientific Profile from From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, 1995–96. Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Carrie Mae Weems, An Anthropological Debate from From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, 1995–96. Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Carrie Mae Weems, And I Cried from From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, 1995–96. Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Carrie Mae Weems, Blue, Black, Boy from Colored People, 1989-90.

Carrie Mae Weems, Not Manet’s Type (detail), 1997.

Carrie Mae Weems, Untitled (Man reading newspaper) from Kitchen Table Series, 1990. Promised gift to the Art Institute of Chicago.

Also discussed on the program and available via Weems’s website:

Undated, untitled works by Edward Deeds:

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  1. sohna says:

    The pictures have intrigued me. Now onto the podcast :)

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  5. Pete says:

    Back at the time did anyone ever question Weems over the inclusion of Robert Frank and Garry Winogrand photographs in her red toned series of racist images? Their inclusion is disingenuous and serves to throw doubt across the whole project.

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