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  • December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM
    December 31, 1969
    7:00 PM

Kara Walker

Born in Stockton, CA, 1969
Lives and works in New York, NY

Day 11: Kara Walker

From a cursory glance, Kara Walker’s black cut-paper silhouettes look like benign 19th-century antebellum scenes or Walt Disney cartoon characters from such classic pieces as the 1946 film, Song of the South. A closer probing investigation reveals the underlying terror surrounding race, gender, and sexual identity politics in America. 

Watch this 2005 video of Kara Walker explaining her “uneasy relationship with her imagination” at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art:


1991 B.F.A., Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA
1994 M.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2011 Lehman Maupin Gallery – Chrystie Street, New York, NY.
Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, NY.
Kara Walker: A Negress of Noteworthy Talent
, Fondazione Merz, Torino, Italy.
2010 Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), Cincinnati Art Museum, OH.
2009 Mark Bradford, Kara Walker, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, NY.
2008 Kara Walker: The Black Road, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Malaga, Spain
2007 Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN;
traveled to Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France; Whitney Museum of American
Art, New York, NY; Armand Hammer Museum, University of California, Los Angeles, CA; Modern Art
Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX [cat.]
2006 Kara Walker at the Met: After the Deluge, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
2005 Song of the South, The Roy and Edna Disney / CalArts Theater, Los Angeles, CA
2004 Grub for Sharks: A Concession to the Negro Populace, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK [cat.]
2002 Kara Walker, Slavery!, Slavery!, 25th Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil [cat.]
1997 May Be Found, By Myself, Missus K.E.B. Walker, Colored, The Renaissance Society at The University of
Chicago, Chicago, IL [cat.]

Selected Group Exhibitions

2012 African American Art Since 1950: Perspectives from the David C. Driskell Center, venues TBA
2011 Race and Representation: The African American Presence in American Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC.
Watch Me Move: The Animation Show, Barbican Art Gallery, London; Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Canada; National Chiang Kaishek Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan; National Science and Technology Museum, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
2010 Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles,CA.
In Context, Apartheid Museum (in conjunction with other venues), Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Dissolve, Site Santa Fe Eighth International Biennial, Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM.
Abstract Resistance, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN: Feb. 27 – May 23, 2010
Progress Reports: Art in an Era of Diversity, Invia (Institute of International Visual Arts), London, UK.
From then to Now: Masterworks of Contemporary African American Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, OH.
Afro Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK.; CGAC: Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Brave New World, MUDAM Luxembourg, Luxembourg.
Huckleberry Finn, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA.
Soaps, Flukes and Follies, Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, Nashville, TN.
Cut. Scherenschnitte 1970-2010, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany.
2009 Investigations of a Dog: Works from the FACE Collections, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy; Ellipse Foundation, Cascais, Portugal; La maison rouge – Fondation Antoine de Galbert, Paris, France; Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden; DESTE Foundation, Athens, Greece.
A Guest + A Host = A Ghost: Works from the Dakis Joannou Collection. Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece.
Between Art and Life: The Contemporary Painting and Sculpture Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA.
The Glamour Project, Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY.
Slash: Paper Under the Knife, Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY.
Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, MoMA, New York, NY.
America, Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon.
Modern and Contemporary Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art, Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH.
In Praise of Shadows, IMMA Dublin, Ireland; Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul, Turkey; Museum Benaki, Athens,Greece.
The Old Weird America: Folk Themes in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston TX; Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum,University of Minnesota, MN, August; de Cordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA.
Black Womanhood: Images, Icons, and Ideologies of the African Body. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH,; Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA; San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA.
Order. Desire. Light: An Exhibition of Contemporary Drawings, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland.
Freedom: American Sculpture, The Hague Sculpture 2008, The Hague, The Netherlands.
Las Vegas Collects Contemporary, Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, NV.
The Puppet Show, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX; Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA.
Houston Collects: African American Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX.
2008 Cinema Remixed & Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image since 1970, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, GA; traveled to Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX [cat.]
2007 52nd Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy [cat.]
2006 Legacies: Contemporary Artists Reflect on Slavery, New York Historical Society, New York, NY [cat.]
2005 The World is a Stage: Stories Behind Pictures, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2004 Nous Venons en Paix…, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, Canada [cat.]
2002 Drawing Now: Eight Propositions, The Museum of Modern Art in Queens, Queens, NY [cat.]
2001 Form Follows Fiction, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy [cat.]

Selected Collections

Musée d’art moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Tate Collection, London, UK
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

30 Americans is organized by the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. The presenting sponsor at the Corcoran Gallery of Art is Altria Group.

Additional support has been provided by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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