The Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum located in Historic Grant Park (next to Zoo Atlanta) at 800 Cherokee Avenue SE Atlanta, GA 30315 will host an artist talk, “The Art of War,” with internationally-noted African-American contemporary visual artist Kara Walker. Admission and parking are free and open to the public.
The Art of War is one of the many dialogues scheduled for the on-going Civil War Summer series, “The American Civil War: One-Hundred-Fifty Years Later”. Initiated by The City of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs and The Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum, the series features noted historians, author discussions, performances and exhibits designed to inspire new conversations and better understanding of the war’s influence on modern-day Atlanta.
Walker, best known for her room-size tableaux of black cut-paper silhouettes, her work explores race, gender, sexuality, and violence. Her mural “Gone, An Historical Romance of a Civil War as It Occurred Between the Dusky Thighs of One Young Negress and Her Heart” features black cut-out silhouettes of caricatures of antebellum figures arranged on a white wall in uncanny, sexual, and violent scenarios. In reviving the eighteenth-century cut-paper silhouette to critique historical narratives of slavery and the ongoing perpetuation of ethnic stereotypes, Walker has transformed the craft into a new type of epic history painting.
Walker was most recently featured in the July 2012 issue of Harper’s Magazine highlighting her series Works from Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated). Other of Walker’s exhibitions have been shown at The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, The Renaissance Society in Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Walker has also been shown internationally and featured on PBS. Her work graces the cover of musician Arto Lindsay’s recording, Salt (2004).
800 Cherokee Avenue SE
Atlanta, GA 30315