Walker Art Center

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Confronting History, Race, and Stereotypes



Historical fact and fiction blend in Kara Walkers work, as history is filled with stories that twist truths and carry the biases of their time. Kevin Gaines, professor of history and director of the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan, addresses Americas past and its relationship to anti-black racial stereotypes. Join him for a conversation about these complicated and unsettling issues and the connections between his work and the histories the artist presents.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love.