Curatorial Conversation | Kara Walker "Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War, (Annotated)"

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Kara Walker
Kara Walker , "Exodus of Confederates from Atlanta, from 'Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated),'" 2005, Offset lithography and silkscreen on Somerset Textured paper, 39 × 53 in., Stephen B. Lawrence and Bette Batchelor Memorial Acquisition Funds

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Curatorial Conversation | Kara Walker "Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War, (Annotated)"

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Join Associate Curator, Lisa Williams, for a guided tour through Kara Walker's through the exhibition as well as a careful reading of Kara Walker's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), 2005, a set of 15 large prints on which she's overlaid silk screen figures over Civil War era images from Harper's Weekly.

At first glance Walker's Pictorial History appears deceptively simple, but upon further study her images deftly raise issues about the complex social, political, and economic factors that drove America into the Civil War and the toll it took on African Americans. Her images are jarring and unsettling but given the current nationwide discussions about reparations, race, and historical representation, they remain timely and relevant, as well as powerful tools to facilitate thoughtful discussions and encourage ongoing dialogue about the persistence of racism in America.

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