Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Art and Design
Susan Richmond - Chair
Kara Walker, winner of the MacArthur “Genius” award and the Smithsonian Lucelia award, is one of the most critically acclaimed contemporary African American artists. Her work, especially her cut-paper silhouettes depicting grotesque antebellum scenes, has inspired as much outrage from an older generation of Black artists as acclaim from the mainstream media. This thesis gives an overview of the artist’s life, analysis of some of her works, and an examination of the controversy her work has caused. In the conclusion, I introduce the next generation of Black American artists, self-proclaimed “Art Stars,” including Atlanta artist Fahamu Pecou.
Searles, Erikka Juliette, "Hype and Hypersexuality: Kara Walker, Her Work and Controversy" (2006). Art and Design Theses. Paper 13.