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Artist Kara Walker hosts free discussion at the Cyclorama

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  • ART OF WAR: A tour guide points out details at the Atlanta Cyclorama with a flashlight. Renowned artist Kara Walker will speak at the location this Friday in a free discussion titled "The Art of War."

Contemporary visual artist Kara Walker will host a free discussion this Friday, August 10, at 6 p.m. at the Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum located in Grant Park.

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It's a fascinating, provocative pairing of speaker and setting: Walker's famous cut-out silhouettes depict nightmarish scenes of racially charged violence and degradation in the Old South while the Cylcorama is Atlanta's most well-known memorial to the Civil War's infamous Battle of Atlanta. Many of Walker's works are large-scale panoramic wall murals, similar in format to the Cyclorama which she visited as a child growing up in Atlanta.

Her talk, titled "The Art of War" is one of the many dialogues scheduled for the on-going Civil War Summer series, “The American Civil War: One-Hundred-Fifty Years Later." Initiated by The City of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs and The Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum, the series features "noted historians, author discussions, performances and exhibits designed to inspire new conversations and better understanding of the war’s influence on modern-day Atlanta."

Admission and parking for the Friday event are free and open to the public.



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