Artist Kara Walker was recently honored with the SFMOMA Contemporary Vision Award, at a dinner organized by the Modern Art Council, and attended by museum supporters and artists.
Works by the Stockton-born artist have been showcased in numerous exhibitions and are held in museum collections worldwide, including the SFMOMA which represented Walker’s first solo museum exhibition on the West Coast in 1997. She’s best known for her explorations of issues related to race, gender, sexuality and violence through the use of silhouetted figures.
The event featured a presentation of the award (a custom engraved monocle designed by Natsuko Toyofuku), and a conversation between the artist and curator Eungie Joo.
Among those attending the event were Courtney Dallaire, Laura Nagle, Liam Everett, Alicia McCarthy, Sean McFarland, K.r.m. Mooney, Lindsey White, Ari Marcopoulos, Rosana Castrillo Díaz, Charles Gaines, Barry McGee, Clare Rojas, Jayde Fish, Pamela Joyner, Komal Shah, Wayee Chu, Brent Sikkema, Monkia Sprüth, Linda Harrison, Stephen Beal, Gordon Knox, among others.