Kara Walker

Kara Walker: Unsettling narratives

Refracting history/archetypes

[image: Kara Walker, Gone: An Historical Romance of Civil War as it Occurred Bet

If refraction reorients boundaries and shapes that we take for granted, then this literal impulse lies at the center of the well-known cut-paper silhouettes of Kara Walker, which I now examine through the lens of translation and refraction.

Ruffneck Constructivists: Class visit to Kara Walker's ICA show

photos by Brooke Sietinsons

"Ruffneck Constructivists" -- a group show curated by Kara Walker -- opened at the ICA last week. Walker will be giving a talk / slide show at Penn's Humanities Forum on Friday; I will be joining her for that.  

This past Monday, English 111 -- my Experimental Writing seminar (offered through Penn's Creative Writing Program) -- visited the ICA and the students performed their poems, written in response to the show, as well as to the 5oth anniversary ICA show on the second floor. Brooke Sietinsons was there taking pictures. The full set of photograph is on Flicker.

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