Kara Walker at Whitney Museum

Kara Walker - My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love

Kara Walker

The Kara Walker exhibit entitled “My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love” was another reason that I prefer the Whitney Museum to the city’s other major art galleries and museums which includes the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and many others. You just don’t see shows like Ms. Walker’s in big, beautiful museums spaces except for the Whitney.

Ms. Walker’s collected works show particular interest in the plight of the black woman of the 18th and 19th centuries which provides unmistakable connection to circumstances and events of present day.

Kara Walker's Sign

Kara Walker at Whitney Museum

The stark cutouts as you enter the hall – black cut out of white – is obvious enough.

I was struck that the Whitney had put a sign on the first floor warning museum goers about the “violent and sexually explicit imagery” that the exhibit contained. I’m not sure I recall a sign for the last Whitney Biennial which also challenged social norms and sensibilities with “explicit imagery” – Caligula 2-style. Perhaps it was there and I missed it?

Nevertheless, Ms. Walker’s raging exhibit is worth a visit. The use of shadow puppets in videos are clever not only for the puppets ability to tell a story, but for meshing with performance techniques appropriate for the time period which the puppets – in part – depict.


December 31st, 2007

Entry Filed under: Music, Film, Art

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