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Join us for a guided tour of Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick, led by student curator Daijah Williams. Williams will provide insights about select works on display, offering a deeper understanding of the themes found in the exhibition. Don't miss this unique opportunity to gain an insider's look at the hard work and dedication put forth by our talented student curators.


About the Exhibition:

USC Fisher Museum of Art is proud to announce the presentation of Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick, From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. The career-spanning exhibition presents Walker’s powerful and provocative images that employ contradictions to critique the painful legacies of slavery, sexism, violence, imperialism, and other power structures, including those in the history and hierarchies of art and contemporary culture. The exhibition will be on view from September 6 through December 9, 2023.


This exhibition offers a broad overview of Walker’s career through more than 80 works from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, premier collectors of works on paper in the United States. Uniting works created between 1994 and 2019, some highlights of the exhibition are the complete Emancipation Approximation series and images from the Porgy & Bess series.


Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick is co-curated by Frist Art Museum executive director and CEO Dr. Susan H. Edwards and Nashville poet Ciona Rouse. The exhibition debuted at the Frist Museum in Nashville and traveled to the Cincinnati Art Museum, MOCA Jacksonville, and Virginia MOCA. The exhibition tour concludes at USC Fisher.


About the Student Curator:

Daijah Williams is a Los Angeles-based artist, activist, and curator, whose work focuses on uplifting people of color in art institutions and cultural spaces. As a south-central Los Angeles Native, she has worked to bring arts education and equity into her community and surrounding communities alike. Her artistic practice explores the trials of Black womanhood and the fluidity of identity within our current social climate. She is a student at Santa Monica College where she studies Fine Art with a focus in sculpture. Daijah’s lifelong love for the arts has influenced her to combine her efforts for community building with her own artistic practice. Her interest in curatorial work stems from her time with both ARTRIBE Los Angeles and the MOCA Teen Program. She is currently the Getty Marrow Curatorial and Collections Intern at the USC Fisher Museum of Art, where her efforts to highlight the intersection of art and community are on view in the Community Care Space within Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick.



Please be advised that this exhibition contains powerful and thought-provoking imagery that addresses sensitive topics such as rape, violence against women, children, and African Americans. We understand that these images can be triggering for some visitors, and we want to ensure that everyone feels safe and comfortable during their visit.


Individuals with disabilities who need accommodations to attend this event may contact Maria Galicia at (213)740-5549, galiciam@usc.edu. It is requested that individuals requiring accommodations or auxiliary aids such as sign language interpreters and alternative format materials notify us at least 10 days prior to the event. Every reasonable effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations in an effective and timely manner.


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