Installation view of Kara Walker's The White Power 'Gin I Machine to Harvest the Nativist Instinct for Beneficial Uses to Border Crossers Everywhere (2019) at The Broad
#thebroadfromhome | Artist Spotlight

Up Close: Kara Walker

Overview

In the latest episode of Up Close, associate curator Sarah Loyer discusses Broad collection artist Kara Walker and a new acquisition by Walker called The White Power 'Gin I Machine to Harvest the Nativist Instinct for Beneficial Uses to Border Crossers Everywhere (2019). In this work, Walker imagines harvesting racist anxieties and fears with a patented machine.


About Up Close

Barbara Kruger’s Untitled (Your body is a battleground), 1989, is a stark emblem for feminist art practice—if the body is our battleground, it is through language that we fight. Inspired by Kruger's work and by similarly discursive artworks in the Broad collection, The Tip of Her Tongue program series features feminist artists in performance who work with language and embodiment. The artists in this series have intense stories to tell and experiment aggressively with the telling. The artists work with words to explore how the body's relationship to language is mediated by histories large and small. The body may both anchor and disrupt the story. It is a source of desire, grief, shame and laughter. These intimate performances explore the politics of representation—with how gender is produced in, through and as language; and how the stories we tell circulate around, move through, against and with the body.

Read More