David C. Driskell Center


Emancipating the Past:
Kara Walker’s Tale of Slavery and Power

Thursday, February 5 - Friday, May 29, 2015



Kara Walker was artistically inspired at a young age by her father, artist Larry Walker. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking from the Atlanta College of Art in 1991, and her Master of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1994. Walker’s artwork has exhibited nationally and internationally at many prestigious museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem, both in NY, in 2006 and 2003 respectively; The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA, 2004; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA, 1997, among others. In 2002, she was chosen to represent the United States in the São Paulo Biennial in Brazil.

At the age of 27, Walker became the second youngest recipient of one of the most significant and coveted awards in the country, The MacArthur Foundation “Genius Award.” Her works are included in permanent collections at The Baltimore Museum of Art, MD; The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, both in New York. Walker currently lives in New York, where she is a Visual Arts Professor in the MFA program at Columbia University School of the Arts, New York City.