The Berman Museum is participating in this year’s MLK Week programming with a close-looking exercise centered around Resurrection Story Without Patrons by Kara Walker from the museum’s permanent collection.
The faculty-facilitated discussion will examine the piece through the lens of memorial—like how MLK day memorializes Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy—and memory. What parts of the past do different groups prioritize? What histories get lost? How do we choose which people and events to commemorate?
Dr. Andrea Dionne Warmack, Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Religion at Ursinus College, will lead the conversation. A reception with light refreshments will run from 5:30 to 6 p.m. The program will commence at 6 p.m.
The print features the torso of a nude Black woman being raised by Black men, women, and children. Walker created the print following a 2016 residency at the American Academy in Rome. The classical artworks she saw in Italy, while the Black Lives Matter movement grew in America in response to police killings of unarmed Black men, inspired Walker to explore themes of martyrdom, memorial, and alternative history, as well as religion.