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Culture Corner:
Kara Walker Art Exhibits

Sep 27, 2021

Kara Walker is a world-renowned artist of cut paper silhouettes that are exaggerated caricatures of racist and sexist stereotypes. Her work brings front and center the history of violence used against African Americans, especially in the antebellum South.

One of her many creations is a series of works that superimposes her silhouettes of slaves onto Harper’s Magazine 1866 prints of the Civil War. It aptly demonstrates the glaring prior omission of images of those forced into slavery.

Some of her work is currently on exhibit at Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African American History and also at The Broad in Los Angeles. A large exhibit is opening at the National Gallery of Art on April 10, 2022, in Washington, D.C.