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Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick Art Exhibit Through Jan. 16

January 16

Cincinnati Art Museum

Free – $12
Kara Walker
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Cincinnati Art Museum to present the evocative solo exhibition ‘Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick’  


Kara Walker (b.1969, Stockton, CA), renowned for her cut-paper silhouettes, emerged as a prolific and a leading contemporary artist during the mid-90s. Her work incorporates stereotypes to examine the narratives that feed into racism, sexism, sexuality and identity. Drawing on mythology, art history and American history, Walker’s art challenges viewers to take a critical and haunting view of the past while proposing questions around the challenges we continue to face collectively today.

A career-spanning exhibition, Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick features more than 80 works created between 1994 and 2019 from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. The exhibition demonstrates the artist’s facility in diverse media, including her prints, drawings, book arts, sculpture, and film. Her hard-hitting, unorthodox depictions of uncomfortable subjects expose the raw flesh of generational wounds still in the process of healing. Walker’s work invites us to lean into our discomforts, our tough questions and, perhaps, into our radical imaginations–the place within that holds the possibility to shape a new future.

This exhibition originated at the Frist Art Museum in Nashville, Tenn., and was co-curated by Frist Art Museum executive director and CEO Dr. Susan H. Edwards and poet Ciona Rouse. In addition to her curatorial responsibilities, Rouse composed original poems inspired by Walker’s works, which live inside the exhibition. In Cincinnati, Cut to the Quick will be guest curated by Rouse with Cincinnati Art Museum site curator Trudy Gaba.

Poetry and visual art have long been kindred, and Walker’s art especially displays a poetic sensibility. Several of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s programs during the run of the exhibition, therefore, feature Cincinnati poets and storytellers. A Community Care Space designed by Kara Pierson, founder of Cincinnati’s Lilac & Indigo, accompanies the exhibition.

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Tickets to Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick:

Adult: $12
Senior 65+: $6
College Student: $6
Child 6-17 years: $6
Child 5 and under: Free
Members: Free

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Parking at the Cincinnati Art Museum:

Parking is free in museum lots, and members have the benefit of preferred parking. Bike facks and accessibility parking are available near the main entrance.


Wheelchair and stroller entry equipped with power-assist doors are available at the main entrances.  Elevators are located on the First Floor (beyond the Great Hall providing access to the Ground and Second Floors) and First Floor (near the Terrace Café providing access to the Second and Third Floors).


COVID-19 Guidelines:

Masks are required for all visitors over 2 years of age for the safety of unvaccinated children. Masks should not cover the full face or contain offensive imagery. Guests who are unable to wear a mask should contact the Art Museum at 513-721-2787.

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January 16
Free – $12
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