Spotlight

May Spotlight Artist: Kara Walker

May 12, 2015

Good Morning everyone! Kara Walker is this month’s Spotlight Artist. She is known to create panoramic friezes of cut-paper silhouettes, black figures against a white wall, of colonialism, of the antebellum South. Here are the facts on this contemporary artist…..


 

Received her BFA from the Atlanta College of Art and her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design.
In 1994, Walker’s first mural, Gone, An Historical Romance of a Civil War as It Occurred Between the Dusky Thighs of One Young Negress and Her Heart, which was a cut-paper silhouette mural, presenting old-timey south filled with sex and slavery.

 

Kara Walker, Auntie Walker’s Wall Sampler for Civilians (detail), 2013. Courtesy of http://www.theartblog.org.

 

By 27, she was the second youngest recipient of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” grant.
Her works have addressed the history and racism, gender, sexuality, through violent and unsettling imagery.

 

Rise Up Ye Mighty Race!, 2013 by Kara Walker. Courtesy of arttattler.com

Since 2001, Walker is a professor of Visual Arts in the MFA program at Columbia University.
You can go to learn.walkerart.org/karawalker for more.

 

The last video is 1:17:37, so be ready to sit awhile longer…..

I hope you liked this spotlight post about Walker. Check out the Black History Feature I did about her back in February. Enjoy your Tuesday and be blessed.

 

featured image courtesy of http://www.theguardian.com