The moral arc of history ideally bends towards justice but just as soon as not curves back around toward barbarism, sadism, and unrestrained chaos
Artist: Kara Walker
Date of Action: December 2012-January 2013
Region: North America
Location: Newark, New Jersey
Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion
Confronting Bodies: Newark Public Library
Description of Artwork: The artwork represents black life in the South; lynchings, the burning of a cross, Ku Klux Klan members, and sexual violence are all shown in the image.
The Incident: Newark Public Library employees were up in arms upon the display of Walker's piece, requesting it's removal due to the content. The drawing was then re-covered while the library employees and administration discussed its future.
Results of Incident: After some time, the work was once again uncovered. Library officials noted that there were plans to invite Walker to speak at the library about her work.