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Collections The Means to an End…A Shadow Drama in Five Acts

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© Kara Walker

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Title
The Means to an End…A Shadow Drama in Five Acts
Artist
Kara Walker
Date
1995
Dimensions
installed 34.75 × 115.625 inches
Materials
etching, aquatint on paper
Location
Not on view

Object Details

Type
Prints (Edition Prints/Proofs)
Accession Number
1996.84.1-.5
Edition
18/20
Inscriptions
.4 - in pencil TL “Kara Walker 1995”; .2 - in pencil TL “18/20”.2 - in pencil TC “A Means to an End”.3 - in pencil TC “A Shadow Drama in Five Acts"workshop number in pencil on reverse BL of each print
Physical Description
figures in silhouette in the Antebellum swampland, seems to tell a story read from left to right
Printer
Steven Campbell, Landfall Press, Inc.
Credit Line
T. B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 1996
Object Copyright
© Kara Walker

object label Kara Walker, The Means to an End… Shadow Drama in Five Acts (1998) Walker Art Center, 1999

Kara Walker’s art takes an irreverent, humorous, goulish, and all-around fantastical look at the underbelly of America’s obsessions with race, sex, and violence. Her large black-and-white silhouettes draw from iconography ranging from the pre-Civil War period of America’s south, historical romance novels, commercial culture, and slave narratives. Through a “collusion of fact and fiction,” she creates a complex reading of history that is at once seductive and terrifying. At first glance, her work appears innocent in its fairytale-like rendering; a closer inspection, however, reveals its many perverse twists and outlandish situations.

Label text for Kara Walker, The Means to an End… Shadow Drama in Five Acts (1998), from the exhibition Black History Month, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, February 1999.

Copyright 1999 Walker Art Center