Sunday, April 29, 2007

Kara Walker

The Walker Art Center, in our old hometown of Minneapolis, is currently exhibiting Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love featuring her signature black-paper silhouettes. It will be on view now through May 13.

Here's a brief description from the Walker:
Kara Walker is among the most complex and prolific American artists of her generation. Over the past decade, she has gained national and international recognition for her room-size tableaux depicting historical narratives haunted by sexuality, violence, and subjugation but made using the genteel 18th-century art of cut-paper silhouettes. Set in the American South before the Civil War, Walker’s compositions play off stereotypes to portray, often grotesquely, life on the plantation, where masters and mistresses and slave men, women, and children enact a subverted version of the past in an attempt to reconfigure their status and representation.

You can learn more about the artist by visiting this site created by the Walker as a companion to the exhibition.

For those not in the Twin Cities, the exhibition will travel to the ARC/Musee d'art moderne de la ville de Paris (June 20 - September 9, 2007), the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (October 11, 2007–February 3, 2008), and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (February 17–May 11, 2008).

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