Kara Walker

ARTIST: Kara Walker

DOB/PLACE:  1969, Stockton, California

RESIDENCE:  NYC

EDUCATION:   BFA, Atlanta College of Art,1991         MFA, Rhode Island School of Design, 1994 

EMPLOYMENT:  Columbia University, Professor of Visual Arts

MAJOR SHOWS/GALLERIES/COMMISSIONS:  Exhibits at: MOMA, SFMOMA, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. A 1997 recipient of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Achievement Award, 2002-the United States representative to the São Paolo Bienal in Brazil.  2007-Time’s 100 most Influential People (Artists/Entertainers) amongst others.

MEDIA & TECHNIQUES  Most famously, Cut Paper (silhouettes).  She has also used other media such as: drawing, painting, colored light projections, shadow puppetry and film animation.  

CONTEXTUAL INFORMATION:  Kara uses an old fashioned, genteel form of art to depict her concerns about sexuality, violence and subjugation.  

SUBJECT MATTER/THEMES/CONCEPTS DEALT WITHSlaveryIntegration...historical & personal.  She moved to Atlanta from California when quite young and had to deal with a community not fully integrated.

LINKS FOR FURTHER STUDY

http://learn.walkerart.org/karawalker/Main/Biography

http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/w/kara_walker/index.html 

http://www.npr.org/blogs/newsandviews/2008/03/kara_walkers_art_shocks_subver_1.html

http://www.pbs.org/art21/artists/walker/

http://www.gregkucera.com/walker.htm


Two Excellent articles--very complete about Kara’s Art and subject matter.  

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/12/arts/design/12walk.html?ref=karawalker

http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/w/kara_walker/index.html

researched by Janet Weyenberg

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