Silhouettes have been around for centuries. Created in black cut paper or paint, they feature benign profiles of people’s faces or bodies, usually static but occasionally in action. That description references Kara Walker’s silhouettes, except for the benign part. Her art highlights the violence, slavery and rape innate to Southern plantation life. The Kentucky College of Art + Design (KyCAD) is displaying Walker’s work in a virtual exhibition. Go to kycad.org and click on 849 Gallery. The planned in-person show was altered due to COVID-19. The prints were gifted to KyCAD by Steve Wilson and Laura Lee Brown of 21c Museum Hotels.
Through Nov. 30849 Gallery, KyCAD