"Atlanta Ladies Memorial Association"


On view through July 2, 2017
Reception: Friday, April 21, 6–8 p.m.
This collaboration between Mason Gross School of the Arts and the Zimmerli Art Museum provides a window into the working process of American contemporary artist Kara Walker and a cohort of Rutgers students in a project that explores the history of the United States as a slave owning nation and the shadows that it continues to cast over the 21st century.
Over the recent spring break, Kara Walker, Tepper Chair in Visual Arts, set off with a cohort of Rutgers students on a pilgrimage to her homeland, Georgia, visiting charged sites in an investigation of stories and spaces that define the American South and its impact across the nation. Upon their immediate return, the group mounted their response—the immersive installation, “Atlanta Ladies Memorial Association,” on view at the Zimmerli along with Walker’s An Unpeopled Land in Unchartered Waters. The current exhibition acts as both a living memorial and cabinet of curiosities, incorporating found objects, ephemera, and personal observations from visits to local residences, historic sites, government offices, and cemeteries. Their organic and visceral documentation resulted in soundscapes, videos, photographs, spontaneous drawings, and mixed media assemblages. The installation provides a space for voices and stories that would have remained absent as the group attempts to “contribute to a more expansive and inclusive patchwork quilt of the Old and New Souths.”
Zimmerli Museum, Focus Gallery

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