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Carrie Mae Weems at the edge.
Carrie Mae Weems at the edge.

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Through Dec. 7 at Jenkins Johnson Gallery, 464 Sutter St., S.F. Admission is free; 677-0770 or jenkinsjohnsongallery.com.Oct. 16-Jan. 5 at Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford University, Palo Alto. Free; (650) 723-4177 or museum.stanford.edu.On Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m., Carrie Mae Weems gives a free lecture at Cemex Auditorium, 641 Knight Way, Stanford University.

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Weems lived in San Francisco in the early 1970s, when she took photography classes at City College and first began embarking on her visual arts career. Both Bay Area exhibits represent a homecoming for her, and she's traveling here to deliver a keynote talk on Oct. 16 for her retrospective. "It's my most favorite place in all the world," Weems says of San Francisco. "My understanding of the political, and being involved in the political and the arts, came out of my deep and abiding relationship to San Francisco. It still drives me in very profound ways."

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