Deep cuts

By ANNIE LARMON  |  November 24, 2009

8 Possible Beginnings is very dark, and while visually stimulating, is hard to watch. It leaves the viewer grasping for some sort of edifying resolve. As Tess Chakkalakal, a professor of Africana studies and English at Bowdoin, posits in her supplemental text with the exhibit, Walker provides more questions than answers, and ultimately asks — how do we, or, should we, as Americans, incorporate our harsh and broken history into our identities and relationships in a constructive and helpful way?

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"KARA WALKER: 8 POSSIBLE BEGINNINGS" | through February 17, 2010 | at Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick | 207.725.3275

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