Refocusing history

Black lives matter in Kara Walker's annotated lithographs.

click to enlarge Kara Walker, Alabama Loyalists Greeting the Federal Gun-Boats from Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), lithograph and screenprint, 2005 - The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, 2013.34.162
The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, 2013.34.162
Kara Walker, Alabama Loyalists Greeting the Federal Gun-Boats from Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), lithograph and screenprint, 2005


Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated). Through Mar. 3. HCC's Gallery 221, 4001 W. Tampa Bay Blvd., Tampa. 813-253-7386. hccfl.edu/gallery221.

Do Americans scrub their histories, white-washing them to portray a cleaner multicultural America? In Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), Walker appropriates original imagery (early 1860s) from Harper’s Weekly, a political magazine with news, essays, and illustrations about the war. She carefully places stereotypical African-American silhouettes on top to tell the full, unabbreviated version of America’s history in the 15 lithographs on display at HCC's Gallery 221 in this exhibition organized by the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College.

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