Talks / Workshops

The Un-Private Collection: Kara Walker and Ava DuVernay 

Writers Guild Theater, Los Angeles, United States
11 Oct 2014

The Un-Private Collection: Kara Walker and Ava DuVernay 

Kara Walker photo: Sari Goodfriend.

The ninth talk in the successful The Broad Un-Private Collection series pairs one of the most important artists of our time, Kara Walker, with 2012 Sundance Best Director Ava DuVernay.

Taking place on October 11 at 2pm at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills, the sold-out talk will be streamed live online at, making the conversation accessible to a wide audience.

Both speakers are artists reaching new heights of recognition and accomplishment in their careers. Kara Walker’s unprecedented public art installation A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby welcomed over 130,000 visitors in two months this past spring at the Domino Sugar Refinery in Brooklyn, New York. Ava DuVernay will release her much anticipated feature film Selma this December. The dialogue will be an opportunity to gain insight into each artist’s creative process and their approach to subject matter. Walker and DuVernay use historical narratives as well as fictionalized histories to tell important and often challenging stories from the perspective of African-American women.

The Broad collections have acquired the work of Kara Walker since early in the artist’s career. The collections contain eight works by Walker, including 26 drawings from the series Negress Notes (1996), cut-paper silhouette works African’t (1996) and Danse de la Nubienne Nouveaux (1998), and charcoal drawing Pastorale (2010). The Broad’s collection of artwork by Kara Walker is the largest on the West Coast and is among the deepest holdings of the artist’s work in the world. A selection of Walker’s intense, large-scale works will be on view when The Broad museum opens in downtown LA in 2015.


Saturday, October 11, 2014, 2pm PT

Writers Guild Theater,
Los Angeles

Sold out (!)


The Broad Un-Private Collection is an ongoing series of public programs The Broad started in September 2013 to introduce audiences to the museum’s 2,000-work contemporary art collection by showcasing stories behind the collections, the collectors and the artists in the months leading up to the 2015 opening of The Broad museum. Since launching the program, The Broad has brought together a variety of artists whose works are in the Broad collections in conversation with cultural leaders including Mark Bradford with Katy Siegel, Shirin Neshat with Christy MacLear, Jeff Koons with John Waters, Takashi Murakami with Pico Iyer, Eric Fischl with Steve Martin and John Currin with James Cuno. Talks are held at venues throughout Los Angeles, making the programming available to audiences across the city. All talks are livestreamed and full videos of past talks are available online. The Broad Un-Private Collection series is one part of the Broad collection’s 30-year mission to make contemporary art accessible to the public.  

The Broad is a contemporary art museum under construction on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles dedicated to the collections of Eli and Edythe Broad. Designed by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the museum will open in 2015 and will offer free general admission to all. The Broad will be home to the nearly 2,000 works of art in the Broad collections, which are among the most prominent holdings of postwar and contemporary art worldwide. 



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