Kara Walker's installation at the Domino Sugar Refinery has received a lot of attention, much of it problematic. It is Walker's ironic enlistment of racist stereotypes that gives her work its power, but this can also lead to inappropriate laughter and racist reactions. Kyle Stoneman explores how we tackle race and female bodies in a museum setting, looking at the installation and its impact.
Kyle Stoneman finished his PhD in History of Art at the University of Cambridge, researching relationships between writing and visual art in the work of Evelyn Waugh. He is currently a visiting lecturer at Middle Tennessee State University.