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Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love

The Hammer Museum at UCLA presents an exhibition of the works of dynamic artist Kara Walker. The exhibition runs March 2 - June 8, 2008.

Sunday, March 02, 2008
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Hammer Museum at UCLA
10899 Wilshire Blvd. at Westwood Blvd.
(large silver building on the corner)
Los Angeles, CA 90095

About the Exhibition (from the Hammer website)

Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love is the first comprehensive presentation of this remarkable African American artist’s career. Walker has risen to international prominence for visually stunning works that challenge conventional narratives of American history and the antebellum South. With biting humor, the artist comments on race, slavery and liberation, sexual attraction and exploitation, discrimination, and modernity. The Hammer is the only West Coast venue for the show, which originated at the Walker Art Center and has traveled to the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. It has been curated by Walker Art Center’s Chief Curator and Deputy Director Philippe Vergne. Kara Walker is a particularly meaningful exhibition for the Hammer Museum, as Walker was the first artist to be featured in the now-celebrated Hammer Projects series, which offers solo exhibitions to emerging artists.

For more info on the artist, complete with artworks slideshow and slideshow of Kara Walker at work, visit


  • Public programs are free of charge. Gallery talks are free with museum admissions.  Regular Admission:  $5 Adults; $3 Seniors (65+) and UCLA Alumni Association Members with ID.
  • Free for Museum members, students with ID, UCLA faculty and staff, and visitors 17 and under accompanied by an adult.  Free on Thursdays for all visitors.
  • Hammer members receive priority seating. For more information about Hammer Membership, email


  • Parking is available under the Museum. Rates are $3 for the first three hours with Museum stamp; $1.50 for each additional 20 minutes.
  • There is a $3 flat rate after 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays.
  • Parking for people with disabilities is provided on levels P1 and P3.
  • The Museum is located at the northeast corner of Westwood and Wilshire Boulevards in Westwood Village, 3 blocks east of the 405 freeway's Wilshire Boulevard exit.


Wednesday, March 12, 7pm
Hammer Exhibition Walk-Through with Paul Von Blum

Tour the exhibition with Paul Von Blum, senior lecturer in African American Studies, Communication Studies, and Art History at UCLA.  Von Blum has taught at the University of California for 38 years and has received Distinguished Teaching Awards at UC Berkeley and UCLA. His most recent book is Resistance, Dignity, and Pride: African American Artists in Los Angeles, published by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA.

Professor Von Blum curates exhibitions, including an exhibition by internationally renowned photographer Peter Magabune at the California African American Museum (CAAM), is involved in projects in South Africa, and works with artists in Los Angeles.  

Saturday, April 26, 2pm
Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love Exhibition Walk-Through with Ken Gonzales-Day

With artist Ken Gonzales-Day, associate professor and chair of the Department of Art at Scripps College, and author of Lynching in the West: 1850–1935. Gonzales-Day has exhibited widely, including solo exhibitions at LA>Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement at Los Angeles’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

Wednesday, May 14, 7pm
Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love Panel Discussion: Word is Bond
History, Storytelling, and the Work of Kara Walker

Roderick A. Ferguson is associate professor of race and critical theory in the Department of American Studies at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique. Jenny Sharpe is professor of English at UCLA and author of Ghosts of Slavery: A Literary Archeology of Black Women’s Lives, which moves between past and present, history and fiction, in order to tell the everyday life stories of slave women. Organized and moderated by Naima Keith, PhD candidate, Department of Art History, UCLA.

Wednesday, May 21, 7pm  Hammer Lectures
Darby English

Darby English is the author of How to See a Work of Art in Total Darkness and co-editor of Kara Walker: Narratives of a Negress. He is associate professor of art history at the University of Chicago, where he teaches modern and contemporary American art and cultural studies. He is also affiliated faculty in the Department of Visual Arts, as well as at the Center for Gender Studies and Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture.


Tuesday, April 1, 7pm  Hammer Screenings
Body and Soul (1925)

Paul Robeson makes his screen debut in this silent masterwork by black independent director Oscar Micheaux. Set in a small Southern town, the film was a direct condemnation of the power of the clergy, with Robeson playing dual roles as a mild-mannered inventor and a crooked ex-convict who impersonates the town’s preacher.


Thursday, March 13, 7pm  Hammer Lectures
Wangechi Mutu

Wangechi Mutu was born in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1972. She earned her BFA at Cooper Union in New York, and her MFA in Sculpture at Yale in 2000. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles; Art Pace, San Antonio; Miami Art Museum; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York; and Victoria Miro Gallery, London.

Hours: Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 11am-7pm; Sun 11am-5pm; Thu 11am-9pm. Closed Mondays

Cost : See text of message

Hammer Museum at UCLA310-443-7000

Sponsor(s): , Bunche Center for African American Studies, Hammer Museum at UCLA

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