Magazine article In These Times

The Missing Pages of the History Books

Magazine article In These Times

The Missing Pages of the History Books

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THE MISSING PAGES OF THE HISTORY BOOKS

Since her New York art world debut in 1994, Kara Walker has been known for creating alternative narratives of slavery by repurposing anti-Black antebellum caricatures in black cut-paper silhouettes, an 18th-century portraiture technique. Through these scenes, she picks at how racial inequality has been created and maintained.

Now, as the country grapples with stillstanding monuments to Confederate leaders, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., is exhibiting Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), a print series made by Walker in 2005. Displayed for the first time in its entirety, the prints explore how a 150-year-old conflict can still produce so many subjective truths.

In 15 prints, Walker superimposes her cut-paper silhouettes onto reproductions of pen and ink drawings from the illustrated 1866 Harper's Pictorial History of the Great Rebellion. …

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