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  • Kara Walker

    The Fabric Workshop and Museum

    Fascinating and treacherous, Kara Walker’s new multimedia installation, titled Fibbergibbet and Mumbo Jumbo: Kara E. Walker in Two Acts, 2004, reconstructs a swamp-side antebellum campsite that happens to be haunted by a phantasmagoria of colored projections. Silhouettes of tall willow trees and knee-high grass, cut from sheets of plywood and painted black, encircle a burlap tent in the middle of the gallery. Dangling from string overhead is a frightening swarm of black crows cut from paper. Visitors are welcomed by a jagged signpost on which are projected “aphorisms” about black women (“Many

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