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Kara Walker

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Stockton, California

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Lives in
New York

Works in
New York

Upcoming Exhibitions and Events
Aug, 2016 Vision and Justice
Harvard Art Museums
Current Exhibitions and Events
Aug, 2016 First Light: A Decade of Collecting at the ICA
ICA (The Institute of Contemporary Art - Boston)
Apr, 2016 Less Than One
Walker Art Center

Kara Walker is a contemporary  American artist who explores race, gender, sexuality, violence and identity in her work. She is best known for her room-size tableaux of black cut-paper silhouettes. Walker's silhouette images work to bridge unfinished folklore in the Antebellum South, raising identity and gender issues for African American women in particular. However, because of her confrontational approach to the topic, Walker's artwork is reminiscent of Andy Warhol's Pop Art during the 1960s.

Her nightmarish yet fantastical images incorporate a cinematic feel. Walker uses images from historical textbooks to show how African American slaves were depicted during Antebellum South. In response to Hurricane Katrina, Walker created "After the Deluge," since the hurricane had devastated many poor and black areas of New Orleans. Walker was bombarded with news images of "black corporeality," including fatalities from the hurricane reduced to bodies and nothing more. She likened these casualties to African slaves piled onto ships for the Middle Passage, the Atlantic crossing to America.

In 2007, Walker was listed among Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World, Artists and Entertainers.


Recent Exhibits

Kara Walker participated in these exhibits:

Jul, 2016 People, Places, Things
Tracy Williams, Ltd.
Apr, 2016 Recent Acquisitions
Bill Hodges Gallery
Feb, 2016 SKIN
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park (LAMAG)
Feb, 2016 SKIN
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
Dec, 2015 No Man's Land: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection
Rubell Family Collection
Nov, 2015 Norma
Victoria Miro Mayfair
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Harvard Art Museums ICA (The Institute of Contemporary Art - Boston)
Tracy Williams, Ltd. Bill Hodges Gallery
Walker Art Center Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park (LAMAG)
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Rubell Family Collection
Victoria Miro Mayfair Victoria Miro Gallery
Palazzo Reale Gladstone Gallery - 21st St.
Gladstone Gallery - 24 St. Mana Contemporary
Brooklyn Museum of Art MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)
Daum Museum of Contemporary Art Matthew Marks Gallery - 526 W. 22nd St.
Sikkema Jenkins & Co. Angles Gallery
LeRoy Neiman Gallery Pace Gallery - 57th St.
Fleming Museum Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale
The Drawing Center Seattle Art Museum
Racine Art Museum Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
San Francisco Art Institute - Walter and McBean Galleries Studio Museum in Harlem
The Saint Louis Art Museum MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) at Grand Ave.
Cleveland Museum of Art OTIS Ben Maltz Gallery
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
Akron Art Museum Fabric Workshop and Museum
Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
Camden Arts Centre Senior & Shopmaker Gallery
Crocker Art Museum Montclair Art Museum
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki Philadelphia Museum of Art
Memphis Social The Art Institute of Chicago
University of New Mexico Art Museum Center for the Arts (Main Campus) Pomona College Museum of Art
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Russell Bowman Art Advisory
MOCA Geffen Contemporary Arkansas Art Center-Museum of Art
The Honolulu Museum of Art Fredric Snitzer Gallery
Minneapolis Institute of Arts Riverside Art Museum
New York Academy of Art Dia Art Foundation
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA)
Museum Arnhem Will Brown
Alan Avery Art Company Hammer Museum
Barbican Art Gallery The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Lehmann Maupin - Chrystie Street Nasher Museum
Invisible-Exports CCA Wattis Institute
La Maison Rouge Jason McCoy Gallery
SITE Santa Fe New Museum
Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) Rivington Place
Gagosian Gallery Beverly Hills James Cohan Gallery
Zieher Smith & Horton OUAG - Oakland University Art Gallery
Museum of Arts and Design Lehman College Art Gallery
The Center for Book Arts Cheim & Read
San Jose Museum of Art Galerie Lelong - Paris
Scaramouche Nice & Fit
Moroso, 146 Greene St., NYC IPCNY International Print Center New York
Santa Monica Museum of Art Whitney Museum of American Art
Armory Center for the Arts
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