New work by Kara Walker at Sikkema Jenkins & Co.


Kara Walker, who recently opened her major exhibition at the Whitney Museum, also has new work on view at Sikkema Jenkins & Co in New York.

The exhibition features work from the new series Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands-Records, “Miscellaneous Papers” National Archives M809 Roll 23; all named after the historical records of the “Freedmen’s Bureau” which document, among other things, atrocities against freed blacks during Reconstruction.

Each work borrows its title, misused as a kind of free verse, and subject from this historical record. The small cut-outs that make up this series reflect on the sad, repetitive nature of racist atrocities. Also featured is a single work consisting of 52 handwritten texts, in which the Walker considers the perpetrator, torturer, murderer, as well as willing and unwilling victims of circumstance.

Kara Walker is a featured artist in Season Two of Art:21—Art in the Twenty-First Century.

Sikkema Jenkins & Co
530 West 22nd St.
New York, NY 10011

The exhibition will be on view through November 21. For more information, visit the gallery’s site here.