Given to the Menil by former director Paul Winkler in 2000, Kara Walker’s "Freedom, a Fable: A Curious Interpretation of the Wit of a Negress in Troubled Times" (1997) is a pop-up book that employs her signature silhouetted imagery. It tells the story of the journey and struggle of a formerly enslaved African American woman who faces personal and universal horrors and challenges. See this powerful work in "Thirty Works for Thirty Years" at the Menil.
This special permanent collection installation is on view through January 28, 2018. The #Menil is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free, always.
Images: #KaraWalker, "Freedom, a Fable: A Curious Interpretation of the Wit of a Negress in Troubled Times," 1997. Gift of Paul Winkler. The #MenilCollection, Houston. © Kara Walker