Happy MLK Day. Hope you find time today to take at least a moment to consider why today is a holiday. Here's a little reminder: audio of the Reverend King's famed "I Have a Dream" speech.
Lucky for her (and us), she's also an incredibly talented artist who does this work visually, as silhouettes, forcing the viewer to confront their expectations around that form and address the real image before their eyes - graphic portrayals of scenes from the antebellum South that explore the politics of slavery, race, and gender.
In After the Deluge, Walker takes this consistent theme and applies it to the post-Hurricane Katrina south, bringing together images of water, race and poverty. Hardcover from RIzzoli, it's a great contemporary art book that will remind you of the issues MLK asked us to consider throughout the year.
After the Deluge by Kara Walker, 120 pages, $19.77, Amazon.com