Carrie Mae Weems

Three Decades of Photography and Video

The Exhibit

Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video is a major retrospective that is composed of more than 200 objects–primarily photographs but also written texts, audio recordings, fabric banners and videos–that will provide an opportunity to trace the evolution of Weems’s career over the last thirty years.

Although she employs a variety of means and addresses an array of issues, an overarching commitment to better understanding the present by closely examining history and identity is found throughout her work. A notion of universality is also present: while African-Americans are typically her primary subjects, Weems wants “people of color to stand for the human multitudes” and for her art to resonate with audiences of all races.

Poster style announcement of exhibit featuring image
        from the Romaing series


  • "Frist show examines three decades of Carrie Mae Weems" by MiChelle Jones
  • The Tennesseean
  • 14 September 2012




Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video, edited by Kathryn E. Delmez, with essays by Kathryn E. Delmez, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Franklin Sirmans, Robert Storr, and Deborah Willis, and published by Yale University Press, 30 October 2012.

Image of the cover of retrospective catalog featuring beach image
            from the Roaming series

View the Exhibit

Image of a banner advertising the Carrie Mae Weems Retrospective at the front of the 
        Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville