Artist Kara E. Walker, American, born 1969
  • A Means to an End...A Shadow Drama in Five Acts
Date 1995
Medium etching and aquatint printed in black ink on wove paper
Dimensions Sheet (each panel): 35 × 24 inches (88.9 × 61 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Charles L. Freer Fund
Accession Number 1996.70
Department African American Art
Not On View
Signed Signed, top left of the fourth sheet: Kara Walker 1995
Marks Stamped in black ink, verso: COPYRIGHT 1996 | LANDFALL PRESS INC. | 329 W. 18th STREET | SUITE 601 | CHICAGO, IL 60616
Inscriptions Inscribed in pencil, top center: 8/20 A Means to an End
Inscribed in pencil below publishers stamp on first sheet, lower left, verso: KW-06-95 (weening)
Inscribed in pencil below publisher's stamp on second sheet, lower left, verso: KW-07-95 (dog)
Inscribed in pencil on third sheet, top center: A Shadow Drama in Five Acts; in pencil, verso: KW-08-95 (dancing)
Inscribed in pencil on fourth sheet, lower left, verso: KW-09-95 (head)
Inscribed in pencil on fifth sheet, lower left, verso: KW-10-95
Signed and dated in pencil, top left of the fourth sheet: Kara Walker 1995
1996-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)