There is a powerful exhibit that just opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art. It is a retrospective of work by Kara Walker entitled: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love. This is a thought provoking and emotionally wrenching exhibit that takes an unflinching look at issues of race and gender stereotypes. Although she utilizes multiple media (including painting, drawing, video, light projections, journaling, and shadow-puppetry), she is best know for her use of the 18th and 19th century medium of black, cut-paper silhouettes. And there were some amazing examples at the show. At first glance, the pieces are quite beautiful. But as you become aware of the details of the images themselves - and what they represent - the message behind the show knocks you over. It is a true example of the power of art to move, to inspire, and to even change the viewer. The museum does not allow you to take pictures but below is an image taken from the web of one of her installation pieces from the show. Click on it to enlarge.