Landmarks and Visual Arts Center present Kara Walker: The Fact of Fiction opening day
Landmarks, the public art program of The University of Texas at Austin, and the university’s Visual Arts Center will co-present an exhibition of four video works by Kara Walker. Organized by Kanitra Fletcher, Landmarks Video Curator, The Fact of Fiction extends the Landmarks Video program into the VAC’s Fieldworks gallery, an adaptive exhibition space where students and faculty strengthen connections to external audiences through collaborative workshops, exhibitions, pop-up studios, and other programming.
On view through October 23, the presentation will feature one work by Walker each week and will be supplemented with online resources and virtual public programs.
Walker rose to prominence in the mid-1990s with her radical retooling of the 18th-century genre of cut paper silhouettes. Turning this genteel craft on its head, Walker created perverse, panoramic vignettes of stark figures - usually black forms against a white wall - engaged in erotic, racially-charged violence. With unflinching authenticity, they address both the history of American slavery and the persistent, residual racism of today.