Dec 27, 2012

Natural Hair and the Arts: Carrie Mae Weems At the Frist

My mom was recently in town visiting me from New Jersey.  Being the social butterfly I am, I strategically planned outings to a lot of my favorite places around town for her to visit.  One of the places we visited was the Frist Center of Visual Arts to see the critically acclaimed works of photographer Carrie Mae Weems.

Video still from Afro Chic
I was pretty smitten by the Afro Chic section of the exhibit (go figure, right?). In her video piece Afro Chic, a number of women, both black and white, confidently grace the runway while wearing afros in clothes from the 60's. 

Throughout the exhibit I found Weems' manner of storytelling to be both brazen and thought provoking while at times being quite humorous.  She covers various topics such racism, sexism, politics and love.   I went through an array of emotions walking through her exhibit from pride and anger to compassion and laughter.  If you're interested in catching the exhibit, you only have until January 13, 2013 to do so.  Find out more information on the Frist website at
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