Professor Kara Walker: Exhibition Opens at Lehmann Maupin, Sikkema Jenkins

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Columbia University School of the Arts Visual Arts Professor Kara Walker's exhibition Fall Frum Grace, Miss Pipi's Blue Tale opens April 21 at Lehmann Maupin, in collaboration with Sikkema Jenkins & Co. A concurrent exhibition, Dust Jackets for the Niggerati- and Supporting Dissertations, Drawings submitted ruefully by Dr. Kara E. Walker, opens at Sikkema Jenkins on the same day. The joint exhibition will be on view through June 4.

At Lehmann Maupin, Walker will present three new video works, which draw on her own experience in the Mississippi Delta, “a region mythologized in song and popular culture but tragically depressing.” She explains, “I drove down to the Delta thinking about the terrors of Jim Crow and slavery, yet the silent indifference of the landscape and the economic stasis, lack of mobility, and the persistence of a racist memory in the area was what stuck.”

Sikkema Jenkins & Co. will present Walker’s graphite works on paper and hand-printed texts. This body of work grew out of the artist’s search for understanding of the way power asserts itself in interpersonal and geopolitical spheres. As she embarked on this quest the figural elements began to disappear from her work. Now, they emerge again in what Walker describes as a “giddy embrace” of the figural and the narrative.

Walker is profiled in a feature article, "In the Studio: Kara Walker with Steel Stillman," in the May issue of Art in America.

Kara Walker was born in 1969 in Stockton, California and currently lives and works in New York. She is known for her candid investigation of race, gender, sexuality, and violence through silhouetted figures, which have appeared in numerous exhibitions worldwide. Her recent solo exhibitions include The Black Road at CAC Malaga, Spain; Kara Walker at the Met: After the Deluge at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love, which premiered at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and traveled to the Whitney Museum and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. She is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships such as the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Achievement Award, the Deutsche Bank Prize, and the Larry Aldrich Award. Works by Walker can be found in prestigious collections around the globe including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art; Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Tate Gallery, London; and the Rubell Family Collection, Miami.


Kara Walker
Changing Spots with a Leopard (another Jazz aficionado), 2010
Graphite and pastel on paper
72 x 83.25 inches
182.9 x 211.5 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York

Kara Walker
Fall From Grace, Miss Pipi's Blue Tale, 2011
DVD Video (color, audio)
17 minutes
(also thumbnail image on homepage)

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