CARRIE MAE WEEMS RULES THE GUGGENHEIM

CARRIE MAE WEEMS RULES THE GUGGENHEIM

Calling all divas, baristas, cultured fashionistas, curators, and past art majors, Cynthia Rose here with the latest news to hit the art scene.  Yes I know its cold, but art has no temperature! Carrie Mae Weems, well-renowned photographer and visual artist, will exhibit at the Guggenheim from January 24th to May 14th, tickets range from $1 to $22.

 

The What?

Carrie Mae Weems’ career spans 30 years. Full of photographs, movies, and audio recordings about history, race, and womanhood, her work ranges from sadness to joy.

Some images are self portraits of her in Rome portrayed like the Italian films of Fellini; some honor the black communities of South Carolina and Georgia; while others show girls dancing among mayflowers;  happy women with huge Afro’s in the 60’s; and African-American female performers like Nina Simone and Josephine Baker. All of these photographs engage what it means to be female and in charge of your own life.

The How?

This exhibit is travelling and NYC is the last stop on the itinerary. The Guggenheim, located at 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th Street, will display a sampler from the exhibit that will take up 2 floors. Regular admission is $22 for adults 10 am to 5:45 pm, but on Saturday’s the museum has “Pay What You Wish” from 5:45 to 7:45. So that’s 2 hours of viewing for as low as a $1.

Pros?

As an artist who was just awarded the $625,000 “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation, Weem’s work usually sells for $50,000 to $125,000 (yes, I wish she would adopt me too).  $22 is a bargain for a full day’s worth of viewing. This is also your chance to be in-the-know, as Carrie Mae Weems will be celebrated along with Aretha Franklin at the annual BET Honors in February.

 

Cons?

It’s a tad disappointing that the Guggenheim isn’t showing the full exhibit, so if you want to see more you can either a) browse her site http://carriemaeweems.net/work.html or b) head up the Studio Museum in Harlem where parts of the exhibit will display beginning on 1/30.

Be warned that the Guggenheim will be crowded with tourists who will walk slowly and be surprised when you try to pass them. Also be prepared to hear the word “interesting;” the fallback art phrase for all  philistines.

Advice

I vote go for it, but go with a strategy!! Take the elevator to the top of the Guggenheim to avoid the crowds and the long line at the ladies room. If you go on the “Pay What You Wish” day try to arrive around 5, so you can be  one of the first in line.