. In Case You’ve Missed It With ‘Afro-Atlantic Histories,’ the Often-Staid National Gallery of Art in Washington Finally Acknowledges Contributions It Long Ignored « JO LEE MAGAZINE

ART NET NEWS – Each afternoon, a steam-powered carnival organ designed by Kara Walker huffed and puffed on the National Mall, drawing curious crowds. Her piece, The Katastwóf Karavan, is a calliope, a mechanical organ once common on the steam engines that lumbered up and down the Mississippi River. The cacophony is broadcast from a parade wagon wrapped in steel silhouettes depicting the artist’s storybook scenes of antebellum nightmares. The sour melody piping from Walker’s contraption cast a spell over onlookers. More so than its traffic-stopping appearance at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2019.

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