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Anything but Civil: Kara Walker's Vision of the Old South
February 26–August 10, 2014
Galleries 234 and 235

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EXHIBITION INFORMATION
Kara Walker, American, born 1969; Confederate Prisoners Being Conducted from Jonesborough to Atlanta, from the portfolio Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), 2005; offset lithograph and screenprint; printed and published by LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies, Columbia University; 39 x 53 inches; Promised gift of Alison and John Ferring © Kara Walker, 2005
This exhibition presents work by Kara Walker, an artist internationally renowned for her black-paper, cut-out silhouettes of the antebellum South. Walker draws on history to create a fictional world that compels her audience to examine the collective memory of the nation's dark past rooted in slavery, and also to consider the present in those terms.

Walker's 2005 print portfolio, Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), is the focal point of this exhibition. The portfolio's fifteen large-scale prints, two of which were on view at the Museum in a 2012 exhibition of the same name, feature her iconic silhouettes printed over dramatically enlarged reproductions from Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War, a compilation of news reports about the war first published in 1866, the year after the Civil War ended. This series demonstrates the many ways Walker's work "frames" the Civil War. The portfolio layers Walker's own imaginative twist over historical events and forcefully imposes new perspectives on a brutal past.

Anything but Civil is possible due to the generosity of Alison and John Ferring, who have offered the portfolio to the Museum as a promised gift. The exhibition is co-curated by Elizabeth Wyckoff, curator of prints, drawings, and photographs; Kimberly Jacobs, 2013-14 Romare Bearden Fellow; and Leah Chizek, research assistant in the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs.


The exhibition is co-curated by Elizabeth Wyckoff, curator of prints, drawings, and photographs; Kimberly Jacobs, 2013-14 Romare Bearden Fellow; and Leah Chizek, research assistant in the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs.

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Film Screenings with Panel Discussions - April 4 and May 2

Screenings will take place in The Farrell Auditorium, and will be followed by comments by a panel of experts and audience discussion.
Due to the explicit nature of the content, this program is recommended for audiences 18 and older.


Friday, April 4, 7:00 pm, The Farrell Auditorium. Free.
8 Possible Beginnings or: The Creation of African-America, a Moving Picture by Kara E. Walker, 2005 (15 minutes 57 seconds)
Screening followed with remarks by a panel of speakers and dialogue with the audience.

Panel moderated by:
Adrienne D. Davis, Vice Provost and William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law, Washington University in St. Louis

Panelists:
Olubukola Gbadegesin, Assistant Professor of Art History, Saint Louis University
Jeffrey Q. McCune, Jr., Associate Professor, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Performing Arts Department, Washington University in St. Louis
Roseann Weiss, Director of the Community & Public Arts Department at the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission


Friday, May 2, 7:00 pm, The Farrell Auditorium. Free.
Fall Frum Grace, Miss Pipi's Blue Tale, 2011 (17 minutes)
Screening followed with remarks by a panel of speakers and dialogue with the audience.

Panel moderated by:
Adrienne D. Davis, Vice Provost and William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law, Washington University in St. Louis

Panelists:
Rebecca Wanzo, Associate Professor, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, Washington University in St. Louis
Martha S. Jones, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Associate Professor of History, University of Michigan
Jeffrey Uslip, Chief Curator, Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis


Gallery Talk

Thursday, May 22, 11:00 am
Friday, May 23, 6:00 pm
Meet at Information Center in Main Building. Free.

Re-Casting Shadows: Comics Narrative and the Gothic Blackness of Kara Walker's Silhouettes
John Jennings, Associate Professor, Department of Visual Studies, University at Buffalo

Lecture

Friday, June 6, 6:30 pm, The Farrell Auditorium. Free.
Seeing the Unspeakable: The Art of Kara Walker

Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, PhD, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Chair, History of Art at University of Pennsylvania and a former Romare Bearden Fellow at the Saint Louis Art Museum, discusses her first book, Seeing the Unspeakable: The Art of Kara Walker.