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Maker(s):Walker, Kara Elizabeth
Culture:American (1969- )
Title:Alabama Loyalists Greeting the Federal Gun-Boats, from the series Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)
Date Made:2005 plate; 2005 print
Type:Print
Materials:Offset lithograph and silkscreen on Somerset textured paper
Place Made:North America; United States; New York; New York City
Measurements:Frame: 44 in x 58 in x 2 1/4 in; 111.8 cm x 147.3 cm x 5.7 cm; Sheet: 39 1/16 in x 53 in; 99.2 cm x 134.6 cm; Image: 26 1/4 in x 34 7/8 in; 66.7 cm x 88.6 cm
Narrative Inscription:  SIGNATURE: recto lwr. r. (pencil): KW ; DATE: recto lwr. r. (pencil): 2005 ; EDITION NUMBER: recto lwr. r. (pencil): 1/35 ; ACCESSION NUMBER: verso lwr. r. (pencil): 2012.14.1 ; INSCRIPTION: verso lwr. r. (stamp in amber ink): [illegible] (inscribed in circle)
Accession Number:  MH 2012.14.1
Credit Line:Purchase with the Susan and Bernard Schilling (Susan Eisenhart, Class of 1932) Fund and the Belle and Hy Baier Art Acquisition Fund
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
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Description:
Silhouette of a bare-breasted woman, kneeling or falling to her knees and facing left, over an image of a large group of people (including white and African American men, women, and children) running towards the shore to greet a ship that can be seen in the distance.

Label Text:
Contemporary artist Kara Walker’s work reminds us of the inherent subjectivity of historical perspective. This work is one of 15 prints belonging to Walker’s powerful series in which she enlarges selected images from two volumes of Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (1866–68). Walker then “annotates” the images by superimposing her signature silhouettes, thereby disrupting the original narrative. Walker inserts issues of racial stereotyping, slavery, gender, and the violence of oppression often omitted in these mid-19th-century representations.

-Ellen Alvord, Weatherbie Curator of Education and Academic Programs, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum (Jan. 2017)

Tags:
diaspora; slavery; boats; African American

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