MacArthur Fellow Kara Walker is perhaps best known for her large-scale cut-paper silhouettes exploring issues of race, gender, and power. These nearly life-size silhouettes often present stereotypical characters from the history of slavery in America. Walker has said, “The silhouette says a lot with very little information, but that's also what the stereotype does." And yet the flat caricatural silhouettes are often more evocative and thematically complex for their ambiguity.
Walker’s new commissioned installation in the Modern Wing, Rise Up Ye Mighty Race!, presents monumental silhouettes alongside large graphite drawings and small-framed mixed-media drawings. The title of the show refers to comments made by Barack Obama in his 1995 book, Dreams from My Father, about the challenges of community organizing in Chicago. Walker refers to the work as “a kind of paranoid panorama” exploring the notion of the “race war” in the contemporary imagination.
3 hours 11 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago THURSDAY at 6:00—Join us for a tour of works in our collection presented in American Sign Language with voice interpretation.
23 hours 59 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Humanism + Dynamite = The Soviet Photomontages of Aleksandr Zhitomirsky
The first exhibition in the post-Soviet world devoted to leading political artist Aleksandr Zhitomirsky offers a captivating portrayal of a satirist and loyal citizen who inventively furthered his country’s official causes across a tumultuous half-century.
1 day 1 hour ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—Icelandic artist/musician Ragnar Kjartansson’s intensely durational works often manifest a rare synthesis of pathos and humor.
A Lot of Sorrow is both a music video and extended concert film, in which The National performs its ballad “Sorrow” on repeat for six hours. See the song take on new layers of meaning as the hours pass and fatigue sets in.
Closing October 16—http://bit.ly/2du3GXh