An in-depth installation of Kara Walker, opening May 26, 2021, features all ten artworks by the artist in the Broad collection, including six on view for the first time at The Broad.
The Broad will debut two new acquisitions by Walker. Testimony: Narrative of a Negress Burdened by Good Intentions (2004) is the artist's first video work, and The White Power ‘Gin / Machine to Harvest the Nativist Instinct for Beneficial Uses to Border Crossers Everywhere (2019) is a work on paper that includes a large triptych and a series of 12 small drawings.
In The White Power ‘Gin / Machine to Harvest the Nativist Instinct for Beneficial Uses to Border Crossers Everywhere, Walker develops a narrative of a laboratory where white bodies are drained of racist thinking; their racism is harvested and repurposed as energy to benefit “Border Crossers Everywhere.”
An outcome of sustained and ongoing engagement with artists and artwork, the Broad collection is distinctive in its exceptional dedication to the full arc of artists’ careers. The Broad has highlighted this depth through expansive presentations in the third floor galleries, featuring Jean-Michel Basquiat, Roy Lichtenstein, Kara Walker, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Wool, along with works by many others.
From the curators
Read extended content on Walker's works in our mobile museum guide: mobile.thebroad.org/artistguides