Kara Walker

The Pavilions, Room 1
A large three-panel charcoal drawing hangs on a concrete wall.

In the spring of 2023, Glenstone presents a selection of artworks by Kara Walker (American, b. 1969) in Room 1 of the Pavilions and outdoors. The works on view span many elements of Walker’s multifaceted practice, including drawing, collage, sculpture, and performance. In Room 1 of the Pavilions, two large-scale drawings will be exhibited: A Reduction (2020) and Sketch for an American Comic Opera with 20th century Race Riots (2012). Together, the works-on-paper demonstrate the range and breadth of Walker’s exploration of the medium, from her signature collages and silhouettes to sweeping graphite narratives.

Beginning in May, Glenstone will mount Walker’s dynamic sculpture, The Katastwóf Karavan (2017). On Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20, the sculpture, which contains a fully operational steam calliope, will be activated at 1pm by artist Kara Walker and jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran. After these initial performances, the sculpture will play music for a single performance weekly on Saturday afternoons at 2pm through September of this year.⁣

Exhibition Preview

    • A Reduction
      Kara Walker
      A Reduction, 2020
      Walker 2020
    • The Katastwóf Karavan
      Kara Walker
      The Katastwóf Karavan, 2017
      Walker 2017
    • Sketch for an American Comic Opera with 20th century Race Riots
      Kara Walker
      Sketch for an American Comic Opera with 20th century Race Riots, 2012
      Walker 2012