Little Known Black History Fact: Kara Walker

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    In contemporary art history, 30-something year old black artist, Kara Walker is best known for her life-size black silhouettes that bring an artistic vision to civil rights history and racism.

    Her work has been seen at places like the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Walker is the second youngest recipient of the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” grant, earned at age 27.

    Walker is a native of Stockton, CA. She received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1994, following in her father’s footsteps, who is also an artist and professor.

    Many blacks have found Walker’s work controversial, arguing about the way she presents her graphic artwork. For example, in her piece called “The Battle of Atlanta,” a white southern soldier is raping a black girl while her brother watches in shock. In another work, a young black slave girl skips past a tree with a lynched black man swinging above. Her first piece, “Gone, An Historical Romance of a Civil War as It Occurred Between the Dusky Thighs of One Young Negress and Her Heart” was most controversial.

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    3 thoughts on “Little Known Black History Fact: Kara Walker

    1. Kudos to Kara Walker for having the gumption to create & display true American History – no matter who it offends! Sometimes the truth hurts. I am curious about the background painting above ( white silhouette) What is going on in that painting? Does anyone know?

    2. I commend this young artist for telling about the horrors of slavery through her art. The truth is often
      painful, but if we refuse to look at the truth, we are only living a life that is a lie. Miss Walker needs
      the support of the black community. We should not let others praise and appreciate her talent more
      than we do.

      • YES , WE HAVE FORGOTTEN WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO US, AND A RESULT OF THAT IS USING THE WORD NIGGER AS A TERM OF ENDEARMENT AND OUR CHILDREN CONDUCT THEMSELVES WITHOUT RESPECT OR SELF ESTEEM. our history give us the tools to deal with our current plight as we are now are own worse enemy.

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