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18:00 - 20:00 23 October 2015

Sweet Talk: On Kara Walker's Sugar Baby

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Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Professor Glenda R Carpio, African and American Studies and English, Harvard

Professor Glenda R Carpio will discuss Kara Walker's controversial sculpture, 'A Subtlety', a monumental sugar covered sphinx that drew 130,000 viewers while on a two month display last year at the now demolished Domino sugar factory in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Intended as a tribute to African American women involved in the 19th century sugar trade, the sculpture has raised burning questions about art, slavery, and capitalism. But it is also a sculpture that, from the title on, deploys Walker's sharp wit and black humor.

Situating Walker in the context of African American comedic practices, Professor Carpio will discuss the risks and possibilities of using humor to redress the horrors of slavery and its legacy.


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Oscar Martinez
+44 (0)20 3108 9721 | ucl-ia@ucl.ac.uk


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