© Kara Walker
Title: African/American
Date: 1998
Artist: Kara Walker
American, born 1969
Medium: linocut
Edition: Landfall Press, Chicago, IL 12/40
46 x 60 1/2 in. (116.8 x 153.7 cm)
Credit Line: Museum Minority Artists Purchase Fund
Object Number: 161:1998
Place printed: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Current Location: Not On View
The shadow-like profile of a female figure with tattered loincloth tumbles through an undefined white space. Kara Walker’s use of flat, black forms references the art of cut-paper silhouettes—a popular hobby in 19th-century households. The pairing of this genteel art form with disturbing imagery produces a forceful picture that finds tension between the playful feeling of the silhouette and unsettling details found within.
Signed: in graphite, l.r. corner: (illegible signature) '98
Exhibition History
Title: Martin Luther King, Jr: Life, Times, and Legacy
Date: November 13, 2007 – April 29, 2008
Venue: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Title: Transforming Spirits in African-American Art
Date: February 5 – April 7, 2002
Venue: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: At the Crossroads: Exploring Black Identity in Contemporary Art
Venue: Saint Louis Art Museum
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