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Kara Walker: Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)
William L. and Bette Batchelor Gallery
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) considers experiences of racism toward African Americans that were absent or only alluded to in historical representations of the Civil War. Created in collaboration with the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies, New York, each print in the portfolio is an enlargement of a woodcut plate from Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Chicago, 1866), overlaid with Walker’s silkscreen cutout figures rendered in solid black silhouette.
This exhibition launches the Museum’s 2020/20+ Women @ NBMAA initiative, in which all exhibitions will be dedicated to female artists, in honor of the centennial of women’s suffrage in America. Read more.
New York-based artist Kara Walker is best known for her candid investigation of race, gender, sexuality, and violence through silhouetted figures that have appeared in numerous exhibitions worldwide. Read more.
View a complete virtual walkthrough of the exhibition here.
View Kara Walker: Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War on eMuseum.
The Arts Fuse, Visual Arts Review: The Art of Kara Walker – A Mix of Cozy Charm and Historic Horror
Reflections on Race and the Power of Art Zoom Webinar - This panel will provide an opportunity to understand and appreciate both human history and current affairs as Walker’s work reveals disparities in historical representations of African Americans and creates opportunity for a dialogue about it today. Not only is it historically important, but timely and relevant to facilitate thoughtful discussions and encourage an ongoing dialogue.
Thursday, June 24, 6:30-8 m., the NBMAA is cohosted a virtual discussion in partnership with Charter Oak Cultural Center entitled “Speak to Me Always of our Intimate Relation: Kara Walker, Zadie Smith, and The Ties that Bind,” which explored the work of Kara Walker and issues of race, memory, and historical trauma.
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) is part of 2020/20+ Women @ NBMAA presented by Stanley Black and Decker with additional support provided by Bank of America.
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) is made possible by the generosity of the Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust. Programming is made possible by Connecticut Humanities.
This exhibition is made possible by the generosity of the Special Exhibition Fund donors,including John N. Howard, Sylvia Bonney, and The Aeroflex Foundation. We also gratefully acknowledge the funding of Carolyn and Elliot Joseph.