Exhibition History

Kara Walker

Solo Exhibitions


The High and Soft Laughter of the Nigger Wenches At Night, Wooster Gardens/Brent Sikkema, New York. April 6 – May 6.

The Battle of Atlanta: Being the Narrative of a Negress in the Flames of Desire–A Reconstruction, Nexus Contemporary Arts Center, Atlanta. May 19 – June 24.

Look Away! Look Away! Look Away! Center For Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. September 23 – October 22. Brochure.


From the Bowels to the Bosom, Wooster Gardens/Brent Sikkema, New York. March 1 – April 13.

Ol’ Marster Paintin’s and Silhouette Cuttings, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston. February 2 – March 2.


Upon My Many Masters-An Outline, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco. February 14 – May 13. Brochure.

Presenting Negro Scenes Drawn Upon My Passage Through the South and Reconfigured for the Benefit of Enlightened Audiences Wherever Such May Be Found, By Myself, Missus K.E.B. Walker, Colored, The Renaissance Society, The University of Chicago. January 12 – February 23. Traveled to: The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, June 21 – August 31; The Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, September 12 – November 30. Artist book.

Kara Walker, Huntington Beach Arts Center, Huntington Beach, California. September 12 – November 30.


Presenting Negro Scenes Drawn Upon My Passage Through the South and Reconfigured for the Benefit of Enlightened Audiences Wherever Such May Be Found, By Myself, Missus K.E.B. Walker, Colored, The Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Cambridge. March 5 – April 2.

Kara Walker: Prints, The Print Center, Philadelphia. January 16 - February 21.

Opera Safety Curtain for 1998-99 Season. Vienna State Opera House, Vienna, Austria. Catalogue (published 2000).

Kara Walker, Wooster Gardens/Brent Sikkema, New York. October 22 – November 28.

Kara Walker, The Forum, St. Louis. March 27 – May 16.


Why I Like White Boys, an Illustrated Novel by Kara E. Walker Negress, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland.

Kara Walker, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas. January 9 – February 14.

Another Fine Mess, Brent Sikkema, New York. March 13 – April 17.

African’t, Galleri Index, Stockholm, Sweden. April 24 – June 6.

Kara Walker: No mere words can Adequately reflect the Remorse this Negress feels at having been Cast into such a lowly state by her former Masters and so it is with a Humble heart that she brings about their physical Ruin and earthly Demise, CCAC Institute, San Francisco. April 23– May 15. Traveled to: UCLA Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, Los Angeles, September 22 – January 2, 2000.


Kara Walker, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa. September 15 – November 26.


American Primitive, Brent Sikkema Gallery, New York. September 8 – October 13.

Disturbing Allegories, Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee. February 8 – March 22.

The Emancipation Approximation, The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel. July 7 – October 13. Catalogue.


Kara Walker: An Abbreviated Emancipation, The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, Michigan. March 9 – May 26. Catalogue.

Slavery! Slavery! Presenting a GRAND and LIFELIKE Panoramic Journey into Picturesque Southern Slavery or “Life at ‘Ol’ Virginny’s Hole’ (sketches from Plantation Life)” See the Peculiar Institution as never before! All cut from black paper by the able hand of Kara Elizabeth Walker, an Emancipated Negress and leader in her Cause, 25th International Biennial of Sao Paulo, Brazil. March 23 – June 2. Catalogue.

Kara Walker, Mannheimer Kunstverein, Mannheim, Germany. January 20 – February 24. Traveled to: Museum Weserburg, Bremen, March 11 – April 11; Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, May 18 – July 7; Museumquartier, Vienna, August 31 – October 27; Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnheim, The Netherlands, November 15 – December 31. Catalogue.

For the Benefit of All the Races of Mankind (Mos' Specially the Master One, Boss). An Exhibition of Artifacts, Remnants and Effluvia EXCAVATED from the Black Heart of a Negress, Hannover Kunstverein, Hanover, Germany. June 9 – August 8. Catalogue.

Nat Turner’s Revelation (an Important Lesson from our Negro Past You will Likely Forget to Remember), Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin. September 6 – October 26.


Excavated from the Black Heart of a Negress, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. July 16 – September 28.

Drawings, Brent Sikkema, New York. June 4 – July 25.

Kara Walker: Narratives of a Negress, The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York. January 18 – June 1. Traveled to: Williams College Art Museum, Williamstown, Massachusetts, August 30 – December 7. Catalogue.

Kara Walker, Centro Nazionale per le Arti Contemporanee, Rome. December 4, 2003 – February 1, 2004.


Grub for Sharks: A Concession to the Negro Populace, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, England. May 1 – October 31.

Fibbergibbet and Mumbo Jumbo: Kara E. Walker in Two Acts, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. March 27 – August 14.


Song of the South, REDCAT, Los Angeles. September 2 – October 23. Brochure.

Event Horizon, New School University, New York. Permanent mural.

Kara Walker, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico. April 6 – July 3.


Kara Walker, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York. March 4 – April 1.

Kara Walker at the Met: After the Deluge, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. March 21 – July 30.

Group Exhibitions


Black Men: Image/Reality, New Visions Gallery, Atlanta.

The Naked People Show, 800 East, Atlanta.

Swan Song, Gallery 100, Atlanta.

The Earth Factory Show, Hasting Seeds Building, Atlanta.

Rated RX: Pathological Conditions, New Visions Gallery, Atlanta.

One/Another, North Arts Center, Atlanta.


Annual Invitational New Talent Exhibition. MU Gallery, Boston.

Rough Trade, Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island.

Angry Love, Pavilion Exhibit, Arts Festival of Atlanta, Atlanta.

National Black Arts Festival/Emerging Artists. Arts Exchange, Atlanta.

Into the Light, 1992 Nexus Biennale, Nexus Contemporary Arts Center, Atlanta.

Black Women Artists, YMI Cultural Center, Asheville, North Carolina.


Selections 1994, The Drawing Center, New York.

Summer Group Show +2, Stienbaum/Krauss Gallery, New York.

An Historical Romance, Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island.


La Belle et La Bete, Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris.

Now is the Time, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York.

Landscapes, Borders, Boundaries, Nexus Contemporary Arts Center, Atlanta.

Inaugural Show. Paul Morris Gallery, New York.

Drawing Show. Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston.


Real, Bass Museum, Miami.

New Histories, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.

Conceal/Reveal, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico. September 13 – November 2. Catalogue.

No Doubt, Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut. Catalogue.

Body Language, Mills Gallery, Boston.

Gone With the Wind: The Fabrication and Denial of Southern Culture, The City Gallery, Atlanta.


‘Pagan’ Stories: The Situations of Narrative in Recent Art, Apex Art, New York. October 16 – November 15. Brochure.

Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Catalogue.

No place (like home), Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, March 9 – June 8. Catalogue.

Civil Progress: Life in Black America, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle.

The Gaze, Momenta Art, Brooklyn.


Secret Victorians, Contemporary Artists and a 19th-Century Vision, Organized by the Hayward Gallery for The Arts Council of England. Firstsite, The Minories Art Gallery, Colchester, UK, October 17 – December 5, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK, December 12 – January 31, 1999, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK, February 10 – April 4, Middlesbrough Art Gallery, Middlesbrough, UK, May 1 – June 26, UCLA at the Armand Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, September 20 – January 2, 2000. Catalogue.

Global Vision: New Art from the 90’s, Deste Foundation, Athens.

Strange Days, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, May 29 – July 19.

Postcards From Black America, De Beyerd, Breda and The Frans Hals Museum, Harlem, The Netherlands.

Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series. Mabel Smith Douglass Library, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Arturo Herrera and Kara Walker, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. April 24 – May 30.

Pierre Molinier, Kay Rosen, Kara Walker, Wooster Gardens/Brent Sikkema, New York.

Kara Walker/Charles Gaines, The Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean, City College of New York, New York.

Walk the Walk: Mentoring Youth in Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Louis, Missouri. March 27 – May 16.


Istanbul Biennial: The Passion and the Wave, Istanbul, Turkey. September 17 – October 30. Catalogue.

Looking Forward, Looking Black, Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. February 5 – March 26.

Re/Righting History: Counternarratives by Contemporary African-American Artists, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York. March 14 – May 16.

Other Narratives, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. May 14 – July 4.

Art-Worlds in Dialogue, Museum Ludwig, Cologne. November 5 – March 19, 2000.

Carnegie International 1999/2000. Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. November 6 – March 26, 2000. Catalogue.

Glenn Ligon & Kara Walker, Brent Sikkema, New York. December 3 – January 8, 2000.

''Au-Delΰ, Galerie Klosterfelde, Berlin. November 27 – February 13, 2000.

20 Years/20 Artists, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen. August 5 – September 26, 1999.


Blurry Lines, John Michael Kholer Arts Center, Sherboyan, Wisconsin.

Das Gedδschtnis der Kunst: History and Memory in Contemporary Art, Historic Museum of Frankfurt, Frankfurt.

The Power of Narration, Espai d’Art Contemporani de Castello, Spain.

Point of Reference, Frederick Hayes, Glenn Ligon, Gary Simmons, Kara Walker, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA. September 5 – December 17, 2000.

Drawing on the Figure: Works on Paper of the 1990s from the Manilow Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. March 18 – June 25, 2000. Catalogue.

Strength and Diversity: A Celebration of African-American Artists, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. April 6 – May 5.

Age of Influence: Reflections in the Mirror of American Culture, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, April 8 – June 4. Brochure.

This is Not the Place, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah, New Jersey. April 12 – May 5.

00, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York. July 6 – August 30. Catalogue.


Form Follows Fiction, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli, Italy. October 17 – January 27, 2002. Catalogue.

Six Contemporary Artists, The Clifford Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York. October 15 – November 16.

The Americans, Barbican Art Galleries, Barbican Centre, London.

New to the Modern: Recent Acquisitions from the Department of Drawings, Museum of Modern Art, New York. October 25, 2001 – January 8, 2002.

The Print World, Ljubljana Biennial 2001, Ljubljana, Slovenia. June 10 – September 16.

W, Musιe des Beaux – Arts, Cole, France.

Parkett Collaborations & Editions Since 1984, Museum of Modern Art, New York. April 5 – June 12. Catalogue.

New Settlements, Nikolaj Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, Sweden. March 24 – May 6.

Secret Victorians, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia.

Locating Drawing, Lawing Gallery, Houston.

SchattenRisse, Silhouetten und Cutouts, Kunstbau Lenbachhaus, Munich.

Ornament and Abstraction, The Foundation Beyler, Basel, Switzerland.

Waterworks, Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, Skδrhamn, Sweden.

Skowhegan School 2001, Colby College Museum of Art and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Waterville, Maine. November 9 – December 28. Catalogue.


Life, Death, Love, Hate, Pleasure, Pain: Selected Works from the MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. November 16, 2002 – April 20, 2003. Catalogue.

Drawing Now: Eight Propositions, MoMA QNS, New York. October 17, 2002 – January 6, 2003. Catalogue.

Tempo, MOMAQNS, New York. June 29 – September 9, 2002. Catalogue.

Telling Tales: Narrative Impulses in Recent Art, Tate Liverpool. December 8, 2001 – August 11, 2002.

Big and Beautiful, H&R Block ArtSpace at the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri. September 7 – October 16, 2002

Moving Pictures, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. June 27, 2002 – January 12, 2003. Catalogue.

Art/Women/California, 1950-2000: Parallels and Intersections, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California. June 22 – November 3.


Comic Release: Negotiating Identity for a New Generation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. January 18 – March 21; New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, April 11 – June 15; University of North Texas, Denton Texas, August 25 – October 18, Armory Center for the Arts, Old Pasadena, California, June 17 – August 15, 2004. Catalogue.

Whiteness, A Wayward Construction, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California. March 23 – July 6.

Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, The New Museum, New York. Traveled to: The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnatti, OH, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, Barbican Centre, London, U.K. Catalogue.


Dana Schutz, Amy Sillman, Kara Walker, Brent Sikkema, New York. September 7 – October 2.

Provocations: Selections from the Permanent Collection, The Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx. July 22 – December 31.

Nous Venons en Paix..., Musee d’Art Contemporain de Montreal, Montreal, Canada. May 28 – September 5.

Initial Encounters, The Arts Center of The Capital Region, Troy, New York. March 12 – June 6.

Artes Mundi: Wales International Visual Art Prize 2004. National Museum Cardiff, Wales, England. February 7 – April 18.

Site Santa Fe’s Fifth International Biennial. Santa Fe, New Mexico. July 16 – January 9, 2005. Catalogue.

Monument to Now, The Dakis Joannou Collection, The DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens. Catalogue.


Trials and Terrors, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. July 23 – September 25.

Collection Remixed, The Bronx Museum of Arts, New York. February 3 – May 29.

The World is a Stage, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. March 26 – June 18.

The Shadow, Vestsjaellands Kunstmuseum, Sore, Denmark. May 28 – September 4.

Works on Paper, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin. May 6 – June 25.

Getting Emotional, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. May 18 – September 5.

Kiss the Frog! The Art of Transformation, National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway. May 28 – September 18.

Identita & Nomadismo, Palazzo Delle Papesse, Centro Arte Contemporanea, Sienna. May 27 – September 25, 2005.

Fairy Tales Forever: International Homage to H.C. Andersen, AROS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Copenhagen, Denmark.

The World is a Stage, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. March 26 – June 18.


Selections from the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies, Columbia University. Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York. January 10 – February 4.

Selected Public Collections

The Art Institute of Chicago

The Baltimore Museum of Art

Centro Nazionale per le Arti Contemporanee, Rome, Italy

The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

DESTE Foundation, Athens, Greece

Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt, Germany

Foundation Museι d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Museum voor Modern Kunst, The Netherlands

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Williams College Museum of Art

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