Kara Walker: Rise Up Ye Mighty Race!
Limited Exhibit February 20, 2013–August 11, 2013
Gallery 293 Kara Walker's commissioned installation includes her celebrated cut-paper silhouettes accompanied by several drawings, continuing what she has called her “ever-present, never-ending war with race.”
In partnership with the Chicago Humanities Festival and Department of Contemporary Art, the Leadership Advisory Committee presents Kara Walker in an opening-night conversation with Lisa Dorin, associate curator of contemporary art in the Rubloff Auditorium 6p-7p. The conversation is followed by a private gallery viewing at 7:00p. Tix go on sale to the general public Jan. 22. Enjoy Life Chicago! group is able to get discounted seats for $10 until 2/11! Reg price $15+$6 fee=$21 total. Click here to get your ticket: https://www.wepay.com/events/kara-walker-at-aic
- Kara Walker (American, born 1969) is best known for cut-paper silhouettes that critically address race, gender, sexuality, and power. Most often taking the form of large-scale tableaux of antebellum stereotypes, they present slavery as an absurd theater of eroticized violence and self-deprecating behavior. Her flat caricatures—mammies, sambos, slave mistresses, masters, and Southern belles—are depicted nearly life-size, arranged in narrative sequences that further exaggerate the already grotesque history of slavery. For Walker, the simplified details of a human form in the black cutouts resonate with racial stereotypes. She has said, "The silhouette says a lot with very little information, but that's also what the stereotype does."
Walker has, over the years, pursued the silhouette’s implications and transformations in paintings, drawings, collages, shadow puppets, cut steel, film and video animations, and “magic-lantern” projections. She will return to the cut-paper medium in monumental form for a new commissioned installation that she has designed especially for display at the Art Institute. The installation, titled Rise Up Ye Mighty Race!(2013), will include five large framed graphite drawings and 40 small framed mixed-media drawings along with the cut paper silhouettes.
The title refers to comments made by Barack Obama in his 2006 book The Audacity of Hope about the challenges of community organizing in Chicago, in which he quotes the Jamaican political leader Marcus Garvey (1887–1940). Merging handwritten text with the images in the drawings, the work takes a diaristic form that revolves around The Turner Diaries, written in 1978 by the white nationalist William Luther Pierce, and investigates the notion of the “race war” as it exists in the contemporary imagination. Walker has referred to the work in progress as, “a kind of paranoid panorama wall work—with supplemental drawings large and small, to chronicle what can be called a diary of my ever-present, never-ending war with race."
After, we will cross the street to nearby Cosi Cafe for refreshments and further discussion with everyone who is able to stay.
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