previews

Kara Walker, Darkytown Rebellion, 2001, projection, cut paper and adhesive on wall, 14 x 37".

Los Angeles

Kara Walker

Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
February 17–May 11

Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Place
February 17–May 13

Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
November 11–February 3

Curated by Yasmil Raymond and Philippe Vergne

Kara Walker won a MacArthur Award in 1997, and her art—for all its consistent comedy and fury—has seen radical formal experiment since then. Despite her epic history, this show will be the first attempt in the United States to mount a full-scale survey of her work. Arcing a loose narrative from antebellum antics to Hollywood nightmares, the exhibition—curated by Yasmil Raymond and Philippe Vergne—promises some one hundred installations, murals, videos, and works on paper made between 1993 and 2005. The catalogue brims with essays by Vergne and art historians Thomas McEvilley and Robert Storr, among others, as well as an “illustrated lexicon” of Walkeresque themes and a sixteen-page insert by the artist herself. Travels to the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Nov. 11, 2007–Feb. 3, 2008; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Feb. 17–May 11, 2008.