Race and Representation: The African American Presence in American Art

  • Aug 20, 2011 – Nov 20, 2011
  • The Gregory D. Ivy Gallery
Kara Walker, "buoy (from An Unpeopled Land in Uncharted Waters)", 2010,
etching with aquatint, sugarlift, spit-bite and drypoint on Hahnemuhle
paper, ed. 5/30, 30 1/4 x 36 1/4 in. Museum purchase with funds from the
Weatherspoon Art Museum Acquisition Endowment and the Lynn Richardson
Prickett Acquisition Endowment, 2010.

Did you know?

Kara Walker is known for exploring race, gender, and sexuality through her iconic figures and narrative scenes. She uses the traditionally proper Victorian medium of the silhouette to produce disturbing images that simultaneously seduce and implicate
the audience.



Drawn from the Weatherspoon’s permanent collection, this selection of artworks of different media and time periods will explore and affirm the fundamental interconnection of the African American presence in American visual culture.  The works will demonstrate the many ways in which visual images have informed our understanding of race in America.


Funding for this exhibition was made possible through the generosity of Fairway Outdoor Advertising.

Related programs:

Noon @ the 'Spoon • Tue Sept 13 @ 12pm

Panel Discussion • Tue Nov 8 @ 6pm

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