Sikkema Jenkins & Co

Kara Walker

(American, b. 1969)

(untitled) by kara walker

Kara Walker

(untitled), 2009

. . . the angry surface of some grey and threatening sea by kara walker

Kara Walker

. . . the angry surface of some grey and threatening sea, 2007

american primatives, they say water represents the subconscious in dreams by kara walker

Kara Walker

American Primatives, They Say Water Represents the Subconscious in Dreams, 2001

buzzard's roost pass. harper's pictorial history of the civil war (annotated) by kara walker

Kara Walker

Buzzard's Roost Pass. Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)

hysteria! savagery! passions! by kara walker

Kara Walker

Hysteria! Savagery! Passions!, 2006

signal station, summit of maryland heights.<br>harper’s pictorial history of the civil war (annotated) by kara walker

Kara Walker

Signal Station, Summit of Maryland Heights.
Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated),
2005

Biography

Timeline

1969
Born in Stockton, CA
1991
B.F.A. in Painting/Printmaking, Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA
1994
Recipeint, Awards of Excellence II, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
M.F.A. in Painting/Printmaking, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
1997
Recipient, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Grant
2004
Recipient, The Lucelia Artist Award, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Lives and works in New York, NY

Exhibitions

2008 - 2009
Pandora's Box, Dunlop Art Gallery, Saskatchewan, Canada
Black Womanhood: Images, Icons, and Ideologies of the African Body, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
The Old Weird America: Folk Themes in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX
2008
Freedom: American Sculpture, The Hague Sculpture 2008, The Hague, The Netherlands
The Black Road, CAC Málaga, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Málaga, Spain
Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; ARC/ Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Las Vegas Collects Contemporary, Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, NV
Förlust/Loss, WANÅS Foundation, Knislinge, Sweden
Geopolitics of the Animation, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Sevilla, Spain
Women’s Work: Contemporary Women Printmakers from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem, OR
Cinema Remixed and Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image Since 1970, The Spelman; College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
2007
The Feminine Mysterious, Red Dot Contemporary, West Palm Beach, FL
Haunted Screens, UB Art Gallery, Center for the Arts, SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands- Records, Miscellaneous Papers, National Archives M809 Roll 23, Search for ideas supporting the Black Man as a work of Modern Art / Contemporary Painting; a death without end, and an appreciation of the Creative Spirit of Lynch Mobs-New work, Kara Walker, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, NY
Don't Look: Contemporary Drawings from an Alumna's Collection; Martina Yamin, class of 1958; Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley, MA
Taking Aim: Selections from the Elliot L. Perry Collection, RClough-Hanson Gallery, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
Contemporary, Cool and Collected, The Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC
Momentary Momentum: Animated Drawings, Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London, UK
52nd International Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
Repicturing the Past, Picturing the Present, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Global Feminisms, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Contemporary Art at The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
Take 2: Women Revisiting Art History, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
Fantasmagoria, Fundacion ICO, Madrid, Spain
Tracing Shadows, The Israel Museum, The Ruth Young Wing, Jerusalem, Israel
Once upon a Time: The Contemporary Fable, Arcos, Museo d’arte Contemporanea, Sannio Campania, Italy
Meditations in an Emergency, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI
Into Me / Out of Me, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
Legacies: Contemporary Artists Reflect on Slavery, The New York Historical Society, New York, NY
The Bong Show or This Is Not a Pipe, curated by Beverly Semmes, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York, NY
Brighton Photo Biennial: Voodoo Macbeth, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea, UK
2006
Sikkema Jenkins & Co. New York, NY
Kara Walker at the Met: After the Deluge, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
New York, New York: Fifty Years of Art, Architecture, Cinema, Performance, Photography and Video, Grimaldi Forum Monaco, Monte Carlo
Black Alphabet: Contexts of Contemporary African American Art, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland
Fables, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Liquid Paper, Ratio 3, San Francisco, CA
Surprise! Surprise! ICA Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London, UK
Into Me/Out of Me, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY
Rethinking Nordic Colonialism, A Postcolonial Exhibition Project in Five Acts, Act 1: Reykjavik, Iceland
Down By Law, a Wrong Gallery project for the 2006 Whitney Biennial: Day for Night, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Dark, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Blind Date: New Acquisitions of the Deutsche Bank Collection, Prelate’s residence of the former Benedictine Monastary and Galerie Kunstforum, Altes Haus, Seligenstadt, Germany
Skowhegan 60 Years: School of Painting and Sculpture, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME
All the Best: The Deutsche Bank Collection and Zaha Hadid, The Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
2005
Song of the South, REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA
Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico
Kara Walker: Testimony, Brent Sikkema, New York, NY (solo)
The World is a Stage, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Site Santa Fe's Fifth International Biennial, Santa Fe, NM
Monument to Now: The Dakis Joannou Collection, The DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece
2004
Grub for Sharks: A Concession to the Negro Populace, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
Dana Schutz, Amy Sillman, Kara Walker, Brent Sikkema, New York, NY
Provocations: Selections from the Permanent Collection,The Bronx Museum of Art, New York, NY
Nous Venons en Paix..., Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montreal, Montreal, Canada
2003
Centro Nazionale per le Arti Contemporanee, Rome, Italy
Narratives of a Negress: Kara Walker, Tang teaching Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (solo)
Kara Walker: Drawings, Brent Sikkema, New York, NY (solo)
Moving Pictures, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
2002
Tempo, MoMAQNS, New York, NY
Telling Tales: Narrative Impulses in Recent Art,Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
Nat Turner's Revelation (an Important Lesson from our Negro Past You will Likley Forget to Remember), Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany (solo)
An Abbreviated Emancipation,The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI (solo)
Slavery!, Slavery!, 25th International Biennial of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil (solo)
Kara Walker, Mannheimer Kunstverein, Mannheim, Germany (solo)
For the Benefit of All the Races of Mankind (Mos' Specially the Master One, Boss), An Exhibition of Artifacts, Remnants and Effluvia EXCAVATED from the Black Heart of a Negress, Hannover Kunstverein, Hannover, Germany (solo)
2001
American Primitive, Brent Sikkema Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Disturbing Allegories, Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, Nashville, TN (solo)
The Emancipation Approximation, The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel (solo)
Form Follows Fiction, Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli, Italy
Six Contemporary Artists, The Clifford Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
The Americans, Barbican Art Galleries, Barbican Centre, London, UK
New to the Modern: Recent Acquisitions from the Department of Drawings, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Print World,Ljubljana Biennial 2001, Ljubljana, Slovenia
W, Musée des Beaux – Arts, Cole, France
Parkett Collaborations & Editions Since 1984, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
New Settlements, Nikolaj Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, Denmark
Secret Victorians, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Locating Drawing, Lawing Gallery, Houston, TX
SchattenRisse, Silhouetten und Cutouts, Kunstbau Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany
Ornament and Abstraction, The Foundation Beyler, Basel, Switzerland
Waterworks, Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, Skärhamn, Sweden
2000
Blurry Lines, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
Das Gedäschtnis der Kunst: History and Memory in Contemporary Art, Historic Museum of Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
The Power of Narration, Espai d'Art Contemporani de Castelló, Castelló, Spain
Point of Reference, Frederick Hayes, Glenn Ligon, Gary Simmons, Kara Walker, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, NH
Drawing on the Figure: Works on Paper of the 1990s from the Manilow Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Strength and Diversity: A Celebration of African-American Artists, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Age of Influence: Reflections in the Mirror of American Culture, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
This is Not the Place, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah, NJ
00, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
Kara Walker, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA

Literature

2007
Vergne, Philippe. Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love. Minneapolis: Walker Art Center, 2007.