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PNTG Seminar 4102, "Colouring": November 2, Darkness and Shadow

Kara Walker, ' At the behest of Creative Time Kara E. Walker has confected: Kara Walker - A Subtlety or the Marvelous Sugar Baby an Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the

Kara Walker is an American artist whose work for the last 25 years has addressed the history of American slavery through installation, cut-paper drawings and sculpture. 'A Subtlety' is Walker's first large-scale sculptural installation. From the New York Times, May 11, 2014: "A looming 35 feet tall, Sugar Baby is ensconced toward the back of an enormous warehouse, built in the late 19th century, that Domino once used for storing raw sugar cane as it arrived by boat from the Caribbean for refinement and packaging. Once a luxury — subtleties were sugar sculptures made for the rich as edible table-decorations — sugar became more widely available due in large part to slave labor. No wonder its journey north may bring to mind the Middle Passage endured by Africans forced across the Atlantic."

Color Balance Project, Lorna Roth

Supplementary Readings

Interview with Kerry James Marshall, "Paint It Black", Kaltura Media Gallery