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LECTURE: VALERIE CASSEL OLIVER ON KARA WALKER¬

Photo Courtesy of Valerie Cassel Oliver.

LECTURE: VALERIE CASSEL OLIVER ON KARA WALKER

Thursday, May 11, 2023
6:30 PM

VIRGINIA MOCA

Valerie Cassel Oliver, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), will discuss Kara Walker, her work, and her impact on the world of contemporary art.

About Valerie Cassel Oliver

Previously, Cassel Oliver was senior curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH) (2000–17). At CAMH, Cassel Oliver organized numerous group and solo exhibitions including Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art Since 1970 (2005) and Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art (2012). At the VMFA, she has presented Howardena Pindell: What Remains to be Seen (2018), co-organized with Naomi Beckwith; Cosmologies from the Tree of Life: Art from the African American South (2019); and most recently, the acclaimed exhibition, The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture and the Sonic Impulse on tour through 2023. Cassel Oliver is the recipient of numerous awards including the College Arts Association Excellence in Diversity Award (2022), the Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence (2022); the Alain Locke International Award (2022); the James A. Porter Book Award (2019); and the David C. Driskell Prize (2011) among others.

EXHIBITION

Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

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A leading artist of her generation, Kara Walker (b. 1969) works in a range of mediums, including prints, drawings, paintings, sculpture, film, and the large-scale silhouette cutouts for which she is perhaps most recognized. Her powerful and provocative images employ contradictions to critique the painful legacies of slavery, sexism, violence, imperialism, and other power structures, including those in the history and hierarchies of art and contemporary culture.

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MARCH 9–JUNE 11, 2023

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