Little Known Black History Fact: Kara Walker

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In her exhibits, Walker uses panoramic rooms filled with detailed black silhouette cut-outs. You can see the terrifying expression of a person’s face or the blades of hair in the slave master’s beard. After Hurricane Katrina, Walker created “After the Deluge”, which compared Katrina victims to victims of the Middle Passage. Walker’s other works include “Darkytown Rebellion”, “Slavery Slavery” and “Elegy for a No-Account Niggra.”

The Detroit Institute of Art removed Walker’s “A Means to an End: A Shadow Drama in Five Acts from the Where the Girls Are: Prints by Women” from the DIA’s Collection exhibition after a crowd of blacks protested against the piece.

Kara Walker is currently working as a professor of visual arts in the MFA program at Columbia University. Her work has been seen all over the world: The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, South Africa, The Renaissance Society in Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

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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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