The Nasher Museum presented Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), as part of The Collection Galleries.
Kara Walker creates challenging works that address the legacy of slavery in American culture by invoking racial and gendered stereotypes and myths. This series of 15 prints features Walker’s signature black silhouettes layered over illustrations first published in Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War. Walker’s annotations draw attention to people, events and issues that have long been overlooked. In this way, the artist activates the past in order to confront the reality of racial conflict and violence that still persists in the United States today.
The Nasher Museum invited faculty, staff and students from across the university to respond to Walker’s work in written, oral and performative forms.
This digital interactive timeline presents the images Walker chose to use as her backdrops in chronological order, along with excerpts of the original texts that accompanied them.
ABOVE: Kara Walker, Pack Mules in the Mountains from Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), 2005. Portfolio of 15 offset lithographs and screenprints on paper, edition 35/35, 16 15⁄16 x 34 7⁄16 inches each. Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art. Museum purchase with funds provided by Monica M. and Richard D. Segal, the Neely Family, and Barbra and Andrew Rothschild; 2006.7.1. © Kara Walker. Photos by Peter Paul Geoffrion.