Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick

Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick

from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

May 20, 2022 - September 25, 2022

Offering a broad overview of her career, this exhibition positions Kara Walker as a leading artist of her generation through more than 80 works in a variety of media, such as prints, drawings, paintings, sculpture, and film. These powerful and provocative images address themes of racism, gender violence, and exploitation, along with power structures like imperialism and colonialism, especially as they play out in the histories and hierarchies of Art. Walker is best known for her large-scale silhouette cutouts that have stirred controversy though their depictions of exaggerated racial and gender caricatures and the Antebellum South that challenge viewers to consider America's painful legacy of slavery. Co-curated by Susan H. Edwards, former director of the Frist Art Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, and Nashville poet Ciona Rouse.

Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick is from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. This exhibition is sponsored by Florida Blue. Support for art education initiatives has been provided through a Program Partnership Grant from the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Foundation. Additional support was provided by the City of Jacksonville, the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the University of North Florida.

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OPENING RECEPTION Friday, May 20 | Patrons 6 P.M. | Members 7 P.M. | open to the public 8 P.M.

MOCA Members are invited to an exclusive opening event. Enjoy an evening of community, contemporary art and dance, lite bites, and cocktails. Become a Member now to secure your invite! Memberships start at just $50 and include free admission, discounts, and access to more exclusive events. The reception opens to the public at 8 P.M.

In celebration of the opening of this important exhibition, MOCA Jacksonville is proud to present Visceral Undercurrent, a choreographic performance by the company Jade Treadwell & Dancers, with the guest appearance of students from the Dance Department of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. Inspired by Kara Walker's work... >> READ MORE

Questions? Contact Shannon Cullen, Coordinator of Membership Engagement, at shannon.cullen@unf.edu or call 904-620-4215.



This exhibition contains mature content, including depictions of physical and sexual violence. Viewer discretion is advised.

We understand that the works on view are complex, unsettling, and possibly triggering. We offer our Reflection Space on the third floor as a safe space to reconnect with the rhythm of your breathing, to rest, to reflect, and, if you should wish, to share your thoughts.





About the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation

All works in this exhibition were acquired by Jordan D. Schnitzer, one of the premier collectors in the United States. The Foundation was established in 1997 as a non-profit organization to manage the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation. Today, the collection has become one of the most important post-war and contemporary collections in all media, exceeding 20,000 objects, and has grown to be the country’s largest private collection of prints and multiples. He generously lends work from his collection to qualified institutions with no additional fees. Since the program’s inception, the Foundation has organized over 180 exhibitions and has loaned works to over 160 museums. In addition, The Foundation publishes scholarly brochures, exhibition catalogues, and catalogues raisonnés in conjunction with exhibitions drawn from the collections. 

For more information go to jordanschnitzer.org



Community Advisory Committee for the Exhibition

Deja Echols

Yvenie Etienne

Steffani Fletcher

Dr. David Jamison

Chad Labenz

Dr. Tru Leverette

Princess Simpson Rashid

Sheila Spivey

Adonnica L. Toler