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.
Weems’ best-known work is almost certainly “The Kitchen Table Series” (1990), a series of photographs that tells a family story. While the piece includes text panels, Weems doesn’t tell us precisely what’s happening in the pictures, she just shows us the images and a broad narrative and allows us to fill in specifics. It may be her strongest, most open-ended work. In this Art21 video on ArtBabble, she discussed what motivated the work. The picture from the series included here/above is in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The entire series and a set of installation pictures is on Weems’s website.
Image: Carrie Mae Weems, Untitled (Man and mirror) from Kitchen Table Series, 1990. Collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.