Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker's Tales of Slavery and Power
Kara Walker is one of the most successful and widely known contemporary African American artists today; she is remarkable for her radical engagement with issues of race, gender, and sexuality and the media with which she pursues her studies. Though mainly celebrated for her provocative installations, composed of cut-paper silhouettes, Walker’s work in other media is equally strong and expands on the many powerful themes and questions of her practice. Drawn from Jordan Schnitzer’s collection, the exhibition included several of Walker’s large-scale print series, cut-steel sculptures, a wall painting, and a video. The works selected display the range of approaches Walker has taken to exploring the legacy of slavery for contemporary American identity.
“Emancipating the Past” was curated by Jessi DiTillio in 2013.
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, September 2013-January 2014
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene,OR, January-April 2014
Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID, June- August, 2014
David C. Driskell Ctr, Univ. of MD, Baltimore, MD, February-May, 2015
Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO, September- January 2016
University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY, January- May 2016
Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA, July- November 2016