Kara Walker’s been busy lately. Aside from an errant rock collaboration, she’s also got a new exhibition up at Lehmann Maupin Gallery. Fall Frum Grace, Miss Pipi’s Blue Tale is a shadow puppet narrative following the trials and tribulations of a southern protagonist, Miss Pipi. Walker conceived of the work during a trip through the Mississippi Delta, which, according to the artist is:
a region mythologized in song and popular culture but tragically depressing. I drove down to the Delta thinking about the terrors of Jim Crow and slavery, yet the silent indifference of the landscape and the economic stasis, lack of mobility, and the persistence of a racist memory in the area was what stuck.
Lehmann Maupin have installed a quiet, almost church-like exhibition space in the gallery where viewers can sit and watch the short film and reflect on the subtext of racial tensions, sexuality and violence in southern mythology. The show was produced in collaboration with Sikkema Jenkins & Co. and is on view now until June 4th.
(via Lehman Maupin)