Kara Walker Redux

It's the dog days of summer and a good time to look back on the past twelve months. Today is the third in a four part series reviewing the top blog posts (via web traffic) this year.


So much has been written about Kara Walker's show at Sikkema Jenkins, I'll post some of the links below, but I'm loathe to let the words take place of the drawings because they're so good.  She has transformed her silhouette process into sumi drawings collaged onto larger sheets of paper. I was listening in the studio to a performance of Martin Luther King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail" yesterday in preparation for the White Supremacist who rented space on our campus this week. I was thinking about King's defense of non-violent protest and his critique of the local clergy who asked him to refrain from protest and instead to negotiate and use the courts to solve segregation.  King's protest made people uncomfortable and Walker's drawings make people uncomfortable too. See the full post here.

Kara Walker, U.S.A. Idioms, 2017, Sumi ink and collage on paper, 140.125 x 176.625 inches

detail, U.S.A. Idioms


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