New Brunswick, NJ
Over the recent spring break, Kara Walker, Tepper Chair in Visual Arts, set off with the students on a pilgrimage to her homeland, Georgia, visiting charged sites in an investigation of stories and spaces that define the American South and its impact across the nation. Upon their return, the group immediately mounted their response—the immersive installation Atlanta Ladies Memorial Association. The exhibition acts as both a living memorial and cabinet of curiosities, incorporating found objects, ephemera, and personal observations from visits to local residences, historic sites, government offices, and cemeteries. Their organic and visceral documentation resulted in soundscapes, videos, photographs, spontaneous drawings, and mixed media assemblages. The installation provides a space for voices and stories that would have remained absent as the group attempts to “contribute to a more expansive and inclusive patchwork quilt of the Old and New Souths.”
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.