Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Chakaia Booker, Kara Walker and more at UA

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From 8 Possible Beginnings or: The Creation of African-America, a Moving Picture by Kara E. Walker
  • From "8 Possible Beginnings or: The Creation of African-America, a Moving Picture by Kara E. Walker"

Works by major African-American artists from the collection of Darrell Walker, the former Razorback basketball star and NBA player, went on exhibit Monday at the University of Arkansas's Fine Arts Center.

"Employing Voice, Embracing Agency: Contemporary African American Artists" includes works by Radcliffe Bailey, Chakaia Booker, Michael Ray Charles, Willie Cole, Wardell Milan, Demetrius Oliver, Xaviera Simmons, Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas and Kara Walker.

From the UA press release:

... Walker is bravely committed in expanding his catalogue with noted cutting-edge artists who address conceptions of history, culture, and identity in previously unforeseen lights laden with diversity. With each acquisition Walker is attracted to the manners in which the artist challenges the viewer in a re-contextualized society.

The show includes a video by Kara Walker that I happened to catch at the National Gallery in London in October, "8 Possible Beginnings or: The Creation of African-America, a Moving Picture by Kara E. Walker," in which Walker uses her silhouette puppets to comment on sex (and getting screwed) and slavery, grim and beautiful at the same time.

Coles Man, Spirit, Mask
  • Cole's "Man, Spirit, Mask"

You can see a video of Cole talking about his work "Man, Spirit, Mask" at the Brooks Museum here (couldn't embed for some reason). You'll be able to hear Charles talk about his work at a reception at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, in the Stella Boyle Auditorium in the Fine Arts Building. The show runs through Feb. 28.

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