One of the Boise Art Museum's missions is to present exhibits that challenge the community. Curatorial assistant Catherine Rarkow said BAM's current exhibit certainly does that. It's called Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker's Tales of Slavery and Power.
The show features large-scale prints, shadow puppets and silhouettes, which explore the traumatic psychological legacy of slavery and race relations in America from a young, controversial artist who has found herself on the front page of The New York Times.
The art museum, located at 670 Julia Davis Drive, extends its hours on First Thursdays to 8 p.m., and Todd Shallat, director of the Center for Idaho History and Politics at Boise State University, will be on site to answer questions about the art and and host a spontaneous dialogue from 4-7 p.m. Museum-goers can also make their own silhouettes at BAM's studios, cutting and assembling paper as Kara Walker does. The exhibit runs through Aug. 17 and is intended for an adult audience.