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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

SOLD OUT – NEW YORK I Walk-through of Kara Walker at Sikkema Jenkins with MoMA Associate Curator Yasmil Raymond

Date(s): October 11, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM  EST - 11:00 AM  EST

Location:
Sikkema Jenkins & Co., 530 West 22nd St., New York, NY 10011


FEE:

SOLD OUT
 

Join ArtTable for a private walk-through of Kara Walker, 'Sikkema Jenkins and Co. is Compelled to present The most Astounding and Important Painting show of the fall Art Show viewing season!' led by Yasmil Raymond, Associate Curator, MoMA. 

Exhibition press release:
 
Collectors of Fine Art will Flock to see the latest Kara Walker offerings, and what is she offering but the Finest Selection of artworks by an African-American Living Woman Artist this side of the Mississippi. Modest collectors will find her prices reasonable, those of a heartier disposition will recognize Bargains! Scholars will study and debate artworksCollectors of Fine Art will Flock to see the latest Kara Walker offerings, and what is she offering but the Finest Selection of theHistorical Value and Intellectual Merits of Miss Walker’s Diversionary Tactics. Art Historians will wonder whether the work represents a Departure or a Continuum. Students of Color will eye her work suspiciously and exercise their free right to Culturally Annihilate her on social media. Parents will cover the eyes of innocent children. School Teachers will reexamine their art history curricula. Prestigious Academic Societies will withdraw their support, former husbands and former lovers will recoil in abject terror. Critics will shake their heads in bemused silence. Gallery Directors will wring their hands at the sight of throngs of the gallery-curious flooding the pavement outside.  The Final President of the United States will visibly wince. Empires will fall, although which ones, only time will tell. 

Artist’s Statement
 
I don’t really feel the need to write a statement about a painting show. I know what you all expect from me and I have complied up to a point.
But frankly I am tired, tired of standing up, being counted, tired of “having a voice” or worse “being a role model.” Tired, true, of being a featured member of my racial group and/or my gender niche. It’s too much, and I write this knowing full well that my right, my capacity to live in this Godforsaken country as a (proudly) raced and (urgently) gendered person is under threat by random groups of white (male) supremacist goons who flaunt a kind of patched together notion of race purity with flags and torches and impressive displays of perpetrator-as-victim sociopathy. I roll my eyes, fold my arms and wait. How many ways can a person say racism is the real bread and butter of our American mythology, and in how many ways will the racists among our countrymen act out their Turner Diaries race war fantasy combination Nazi Germany and Antebellum South – states which, incidentally, lost the wars they started, and always will, precisely because there is no way those white racisms can survive the earth without the rest of us types upholding humanity’s best, keeping the motor running on civilization, being good, and preserving nature and all the stuff worth working and living for?
 
Anyway, this is a show of works on paper and on linen, drawn and collaged using ink, blade, glue and oil stick. These works were created over the course of the Summer of 2017 (not including the title, which was crafted in May). It’s not exhaustive, activist or comprehensive in any way.

 
Yasmil Raymond joined The Museum of Modern Art as Associate Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture in July 2015. At the Museum, she has organized or co-organized projects including The Unfinished Conversation: New Work from the Collection (2017) and From the Collection: 1960–1969 (2016). Previously, Ms. Raymond served as a curator at the of Dia Art Foundation, where she organized exhibitions and projects with artists Allora & Calzadilla (2015), Carl Andre (2014), Thomas Hirschhorn (2013), Jean-Luc Moulène (2012), Yvonne Rainer (2011), Ian Wilson (2015-2011), Robert Whitman (2011), Koo Jeong A (2010), Franz Erhard Walther (2010), and Trisha Brown (2009).
 
Before Dia Art Foundation, she was an associate curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis for five years. At the Walker, Ms. Raymond co-curated several seminal exhibitions including, with Philippe Vergne, Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love, which won the 2008 award for the “Best Monographic Museum Show Nationally” from the International Association of Art Critics. She also curated solo exhibitions with Tomas Saraceno and Tino
Sehgal, and co-curated with Doryun Chong the group exhibition Brave New Worlds. Ms. Raymond was part of the Education Department at MCA Chicago before Walker. She received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MA from Bard College, Center for Curatorial Studies.
 
New York-based artist Kara Walker is best known for her candid investigation of race, gender, sexuality, and violence through silhouetted figures that have appeared in numerous exhibitions worldwide.
 
Born in Stockton, California in 1969, Walker was raised in Atlanta, Georgia from the age of 13. She studied at the Atlanta College of Art (BFA, 1991) and the Rhode Island School of Design (MFA, 1994). She is the recipient of many awards, notably the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Achievement Award in 1997 and the United States Artists, Eileen Harris Norton Fellowship in 2008. In 2012, Walker became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her work can be found in museums and public collections throughout the United States and Europe including The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Tate Gallery, London; and the Museo 
Nazionale 
delle Arti del XXI Secolo (MAXXI), Rome.
 
Walker will participate in Prospect New Orleans art triennial opening in November. Her contribution, a wagon-mounted steam calliope that will play a composition by jazz pianist Jason Moran, will be sited on Algiers Point where slaves entering New Orleans were held before transport across the river to be sold.
 
Walker currently lives and works in New York City and is the Tepper Chair in the Visual Arts at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts.


Thank you to Yasmil Raymond for her participation and to Meg Malloy, Partner, Sikkema Jenkins & Co. for her help in organizing this program. 

Image credits:  Detail: U.S.A. Idioms, 2017, Sumi ink and collage on paper, 140.125 x 176.625 inches, 355.9 x 448.6 cm

 
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