Artwork Detail

Golddigger
2003
American, b. 1969
22k gold and mixed media
57 1/2 x 20 x 20 "
Gift of Peter Norton, 2015
36.2015
Highlights
Produced as a collaboration between Kara Walker and her then-partner, the jeweler Klaus Bürgel, this mixed-media work comprises a display case containing tiny gold replicas of instruments used to keep slave women captive. The typewritten placards on the base of the work describe the three miniature gold facsimiles of a type of collar or yoke—tall headpieces with curved hooks extending to the sides and towering tiers of bells. The work was commissioned for the 2003 exhibition Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. Fela was a Nigerian activist and musical pioneer who founded Afrobeat, a music rooted in protest and social critique that has inspired musicians and visual artists alike. [Permanent collection label, 2016]
Golddigger
2003
German, b. 1958
22k gold and mixed media
57 1/2 x 20 x 20 "
Gift of Peter Norton, 2015
36.2015
Highlights
Produced as a collaboration between Kara Walker and her then-partner, the jeweler Klaus Bürgel, this mixed-media work comprises a display case containing tiny gold replicas of instruments used to keep slave women captive. The typewritten placards on the base of the work describe the three miniature gold facsimiles of a type of collar or yoke—tall headpieces with curved hooks extending to the sides and towering tiers of bells. The work was commissioned for the 2003 exhibition Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. Fela was a Nigerian activist and musical pioneer who founded Afrobeat, a music rooted in protest and social critique that has inspired musicians and visual artists alike. [Permanent collection label, 2016]