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Kara Walker, The Means to an End... Shadow Drama in Five Acts (1998)

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Walker Art Center

Date

1999

Institution Walker Art Center
Kara Walker's art takes an irreverent, humorous, goulish, and all-around fantastical look at the underbelly of America's obsessions with race, sex, and violence. Her large black-and-white silhouettes draw from iconography ranging from the pre-Civil War period of America's south, historical romance novels, commercial culture, and slave narratives. Through a "collusion of fact and fiction," she creates a complex reading of history that is at once seductive and terrifying. At first glance, her work appears innocent in its fairytale-like rendering; a closer inspection, however, reveals its many perverse twists and outlandish situations.
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Source: Label text for Kara Walker, The Means to an End... Shadow Drama in Five Acts (1998), from the exhibition Black History Month, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, February 1999.
Rights: Copyright 1999 Walker Art Center
Added to Site: March 1, 2009