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Kara Walker: Cut To The Quick
A leading artist of her generation, Kara Walker (b. 1969) works in a range of mediums, including prints, drawings, paintings, sculpture, film, and the large-scale silhouette cutouts for which she is perhaps most recognized.
Her powerful and provocative images employ contradictions to critique the painful legacies of slavery, sexism, violence, imperialism, and other power structures, including those in the history and hierarchies of art and contemporary culture.
This exhibition offers a broad overview of her career through more than 80 works from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, premier collectors of works on paper in the United States. Some highlights of the exhibition are the complete Emancipation Approximation series and images from the Porgy & Bess series. Walker’s process involves extensive research in history, literature, art history, and popular culture. Intentionally unsentimental and ambiguous, the works can be disturbing yet also humorous, always exploring the irreconcilable inconsistencies that mirror the human condition.
This is Walker’s first solo exhibition at the Frist Art Museum; her work Camptown Ladies appeared in the presentation of 30 Americans in 2013–14.
Frist Art Museum executive director and CEO Dr. Susan H. Edwards and Nashville poet Ciona Rouse will serve as co-curators. In addition to her curatorial responsibilities, Rouse will compose original poems inspired by Walker’s works. She and Edwards will collaborate with educator Meagan Rust to plan programs related to the exhibition.
Co-curated by Susan H. Edwards and Ciona Rouse.
Image: Kara Walker (American, b. 1969). African/American, edition 22/40, 1998. Linocut, 44 x 62 in. Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer, 1998.53. © Kara Walker
Saturdays, July 24, August 21, September 11, and October 9, 12pm–4pm. Located in Studio B; free.
The Sexual Assault Center’s Black Client Services Team is partnering with the Frist Art Museum to provide emotional support and resources to guests visiting the Kara Walker exhibition. Viewing this exhibition may elicit painful and complex feelings for visitors, especially those who have experienced trauma or are otherwise connected to the issues presented in Walker’s art. SAC’s Black Client Services Team recognizes the importance of receiving support and resources by and for the Black and African American community. To that end, and to send the message that survivors of trauma are not alone, the team and community partners will be available to provide emotional support, self-care items, and resources for processing and seeking support from the community.
Source: Official Website
FREE/Frist Art Museum Members
FREE/Guests ages 18 and younger
$10/Seniors (65+) (discount only available when purchasing tickets on-site)
$8/Military (w/ID) (discount only available when purchasing tickets on-site)
$10/College Students (w/ID) (discount only available when purchasing tickets on-site)
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Hours as of June 2021: Thursday through Saturday: 10am–5:30pm and Sunday 1pm-5:30pm.
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Member Preview Thursday, July 22, noon to 5:30pm.
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