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Kara Walker Receives Award Recognizing Women in the Arts

Artist Kara Walker's cut-paper silhouettes address race, gender, repression and sexuality. In honor of her work, the director of the Brooklyn Museum, Arnold Lehman, presented Walker, who teaches visual arts at Columbia University, with its annual Women in the Arts award on Thursday.

This is the eighth year the museum has given out such an award, which recognizes a living female artist who excels in her field. Past recipients include Kiki Smith, Annie Leibovitz and Elizabeth Sackler.

Check out a slideshow of Kara Walker's work below.

<em>Gone, An Historical Romance of a Civil War as it Occurred between the Dusky Thighs of One Young Negress and Her Heart</em> by Kara Walker
Gone, An Historical Romance of a Civil War as it Occurred between the Dusky Thighs of One Young Negress and Her Heart by Kara Walker ( Photo Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co. )
Kara Walker's <em>Mississippi Mud</em>
Kara Walker's Mississippi Mud ( Photo Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co. )
<em>Burning African Village Play Set with Big House and Lynching</em> by Kara Walker
Burning African Village Play Set with Big House and Lynching by Kara Walker ( Photo Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co. )
<em>Untitled</em> by Kara Walker
Untitled by Kara Walker ( Photo Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co. )
Kara Walker's <em>Keys to the Coop</em>
Kara Walker's Keys to the Coop ( Photo Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co. )
<em>Kara Walker's My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love</em> at the Hammer Museum in 2008
Kara Walker's My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love at the Hammer Museum in 2008 ( Photo by Joshua White, Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co. )
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