The Branding Iron, the student newspaper of University of Wyoming, reflects on "art as a source of dialogue" in its recap of the opening panel discussion of Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker's Tales of Slavery and Power. A panel of three UW professors - Kerry Pimblott, Peter Fine, and Colleen Denney - joined internationally recognized art collector and philanthropist Jordan D. Schnitzer to discuss the powerful exhibit in conjunction with the University's MLK Days of Dialogue program.
Born in 1969 in Stockton, California, Kara Walker became known for her use of black paper cut-out silhouettes against white backgrounds, typically portraying violent, racist, sexist and unsettling images of racism in the Antebellum South. “I think the reason you are here is because these are problems of our times,” said Jordan Schnitzer during the discussion, highlighting the exhibit's relevance to issues that persist today.
Emancipating the Past is on view through May 14th.
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