Friday, January 24, 2014

Carrie Mae Weems Exhibit Lauded, Guggenheim Denounced in NYTimes Piece

Posted By on Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Untitled (Woman and Daughter With Children, from Carrie Mae Weems Kitchen Table Series
  • "Untitled (Woman and Daughter With Children," from Carrie Mae Weems' Kitchen Table Series

The Frist-organized Carrie Mae Weems retrospective, Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video, is currently on view at New York's Guggenheim Museum, and was the subject of a recent review in The New York Times. And while Katie Delmez, the Frist curator who organized the exhibit, is praised alongside the art and the artist herself (critic Holland Cotter calls Weems "a superb image-maker and a moral force, focused and irrepressible"), the Guggenheim's decision to downsize the version of the exhibition we saw in Nashville is condemned as a shame that "edges toward rejecting, even as it appears to be affirming."

… The Guggenheim has cut it down to nearly half the size it was when originally organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville and split it between two floors of annex galleries, making an exhibition that should have filled the main-event rotunda with her portraits, videos and installations into a secondary, niche attraction.

The exhibit runs through May 14 at the Guggenheim. See installation shots from the Frist's exhibit to get a better idea of what the Times had hoped it was getting at the Guggenheim.

Read the full review here.

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