Boise Art Museum Unveils New Exhibit for Summer 2014

The Boise Art Museum, a loyal member of the Chamber since 1999, will be hosting a large number of special events and classes this summer for all ages, but they are particuarly excited to unveil Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power.

Emerging in New York in the mid-1990s, Kara Walker has become one of the most successful and controversial artists working today. Exploring the painful history of American race relations through elegant and unnerving silhouettes, Walker’s work challenges us to access buried emotions about our nation’s past. 

In her hands, the medium of silhouette becomes a tool for examining the traumatic psychological legacy of slavery. The exhibition brings together Walker’s work in a variety of mediums, from large-scale printmaking to metal sculpture, shadow puppetry, and film. “Kara Walker is one of the most important artists in our collection. Her art needs to be seen and the themes need to be examined. No artist today does a better job of forcing the viewers to deal with stereotypes, gender, and race,” says art expert Jordan Schnitzer.

Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power will run from June 7 to August 17 of this summer, and will be incorporated into the following programs:

July 2, 2014 Toddler Wednesday – Children ages 2-3 with an adult are invited to make silhouettes of paper.

July 3, 2014 Art Answers – Talk to an historian and learn more about the artwork.

July 3, 2014 Studio Art Exploration – Art lovers of all ages are invited to explore Kara Walker’s process by cutting and assembling paper.

July 16, 2014 Especially for Seniors – Senior citizens are invited for a tour at 2:00 p.m.

July 20, 2014 Sunday Demonstration – Talk to an expert about printmaking and learn more about the processes used by Kara Walker.

July 26, 2014 Family Art Saturday – Children accompanied by adults are invited to create scenes with paper silhouettes to learn more about the exhibition.

July 31, 2014 Art Break – Enjoy a 30-minute talk presented by BAM Docents.

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Boise Art Museum
670 E. Julia Davis Dr., Boise, ID 83702
United States