Kara Walker: Rise Up Ye Mighty Race! | Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium | Galleries | Chicago Reader
This is a past event.

Kara Walker: Rise Up Ye Mighty Race! 

When: Feb. 21-Aug. 11 2013
Kara Walker is known for her room-sized panoramas depicting scenes of racism, violence, and gender and power struggles. The panoramas are populated by life-size silhouettes, drawn by hand and cut out of black paper, that often portray stereotypical characters of the antebellum south. "The silhouette says a lot with very little information," Walker has written, "but that's also what the stereotype does." By simultaneously flattening and exaggerating her characters, she highlights the reductive ways they've been perceived throughout history. Walker, who has exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and MOMA, became at 27 the youngest-ever recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant, a controversial decision that, in 1997, brought her to the forefront of the modern art world. The title of this show comes from the black nationalist Marcus Garvey—by way of Barack Obama, who quoted Garvey in a passage on community organizing in his memoir Dreams From My Father. In its content, "Rise Up Ye Mighty Race!" is a response to the infamous 1978 novel The Turner Diaries, which the FBI called "the bible of the racist right." The book imagines a race war that ends with the extermination of all nonwhite populations. In the new installation, specifically designed for the Art Institute, Walker's signature silhouettes are interspersed with drawings and handwritten text that address the book and what she calls "my ever-present, never-ending war with race." —Janet Potter

Map

Reviews/comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a review


Roll over stars and click to rate.

Search Events…

Nearby

History