Kara Walker

Kara Walker was born in Stockton, California, and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds degrees from the Atlanta College of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design. Her public honors include a MacArthur Foundation Achievement Award (1997), the Deutsche Bank Prize (2004), and the Larry Aldrich Award (2007), and in 2007 she was listed among Time magazine’s 100 most influential people. Walker’s work has been exhibited at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Musée d’Art Moderne la Ville de Paris.

Art

Riots and Outrages

Kara Walker’s work emphatically entered the conversation about art and race in 1994 when her mural entitled “Gone, An Historical Romance of a Civil War as It Occurred Between the Dusky Thighs of One Young Negress and Her Heart” debuted at the Drawing Center in SoHo. Composed of scenes of sex, violence, and often appalling […]

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