Employing the deceptively traditional print medium of etching (most readily associated with European masters such as Rembrandt), the African American artist Kara Walker loads images set in the Civil War era with grotesque stereotypes and elements of violence that force us to confront the legacy of racism in America. Vanishing Act evokes the racial masquerade of minstrel shows; in Cotton, the South’s main crop becomes a kind of trampoline buffeting the body of a young black woman.
- Artist: Kara Walker, American, born 1969
- Medium: Ink etching and aquatint on paper
- Dates: 1997
- Dimensions: sheet: 18 x 15 in. (45.7 x 38.1 cm) image: 11 3/4 x 8 13/16 in. (29.8 x 22.4 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower right in pencil: "KW 97"
- Inscriptions: Inscribed lower left in pencil: "30/35"; inscribed verso: "copyright 1997 Landfall Press, Inc. 329 W 18th Street, Suite 601, Chicago, IL 6061 KW-96-05-C"
- Collections:Contemporary Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 1997.80.1
- Edition: Edition: 30/35
- Credit Line: Emily Winthrop Miles Fund
- Rights Statement: © Kara Walker
- Caption: Kara Walker (American, born 1969). Vanishing Act, 1997. Ink etching and aquatint on paper, sheet: 18 x 15 in. (45.7 x 38.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Emily Winthrop Miles Fund, 1997.80.1. © Kara Walker
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)