PHOTO: Kara Walker, Untitled (Scene #5 from Emancipation Approximation portfolio), 1999–2000. Screenprint on paper (7/20), 44 x 34 in. Courtesy Crocker Art Museum.

The Crocker Art Museum is proud to present “Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power,” which will be on view September 22, 2013 through January 5, 2014.

Kara Walker, honored as one of Time magazine’s most influential people, is known for her powerful visual narratives that explore the intersection of race, gender and sexuality. Her thought-provoking and raw approach to these issues has garnered much acclaim, especially for the manner by which she examines the psychology of slavery through fictional narratives.

Featuring 60 objects from the collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, the exhibition demonstrates the artistic approach Walker takes to subject matter, historical narrative, and the complexities and ambiguities of racial and historical representation. To make her pursuit compelling, Walker radically reinvented the 19th-century silhouette portrait, elevating the practice of tracing onto and cutting out black paper figures into a formidable, grand format for her “nightmarish fictions.”

The Crocker is located at 216 O Street in Sacramento. For more information, call (916) 808-7000 or visit


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