This article from the University of Oregon’s Daily Emerald discusses the Kara Walker exhibit at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene, its origins and themes.
Museum exhibit coordinator extern Jessica DiTillio discusses Walker’s use of silhouettes in her art:
“It was a really popular form during the 19th century, but considered cheap and disposable, so there’s an implication to her referencing this art form that was popular during this particularly oppressive era and elevating it to a grand scale,” DiTillio said. “It’s a metaphor for a stereotype. You get minimal information, this outline, yet you’re able to infer the story … say ‘white character’ or ‘black character.’”
Collector Jordan D. Schnitzer comments, “It’s a tragedy, in my opinion, if every student doesn’t get over to see this exhibit. I’ve always said you can’t wear the art out by having too many eyes look at it.”
The exhibit ends April 6.