Art reporter Richard Speer recommends Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power on Visual Art Source. The exhibit, on view through April 6th at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon, presents viewers with a wide selection of Walker‘s works, including the entire Emancipation Approximation series of 27 prints, which Speer praises as “invigoratingly installed,” and a video presentation.
Speer reflects on Kara Walker’s work: “Above and beyond its historical and sociocultural resonance, there are many reasons for the enduring appeal of Kara Walker’s work: Its stylistic consistency, dichromatic elegance, and graphic commingling of shadow-theater traditions, illustration, cartoon, mural, and fine art. But perhaps even more, it owes to the reactions it provokes from the viewer — a mélange of revulsion, intrigue, and complicity. These reactions are apt to bubble forth for anyone viewing this exhibition.”
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