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Shown from the waist down, two pairs of legs, silhouetted in matte gold, float to our left of center from top edge of the composition against a streaks and smears of cobalt blue and muted mint green in this abstract, horizonal print. The image spans two pieces of paper, so there is a narrow white margin down the center. The legs seem to face each other in profile, knees touching or overlapping. One foot in the pair to our right is lifted behind the body and the person to the left stands up on the toes of both feet. A network of stylized stems, leaves, palm fronds, and perhaps narrow tree trunks in rust brown overlays the blue and green field. In pencil under the image in the lower left, an inscription reads, “il sogno del cortile 14/50,” and to the right, “Kay WalkingStick 2004,” though not all the letters are fully articulated.

Kay WalkingStick, Allan Edmunds, Experimental Printmaking Institute, il sogno del cortile (The Courtyard Dream), 2004, color screenprint, collagraph, and lithograph on two sheets of Rives BFK wove paper, Gift of Jon D. Smith, Jr., Harold and Janet Tague, and Riley Temple, 2008.82.12.1-2

The Art of Looking

Kay WalkingStick, il sogno del cortile (The Courtyard Dream)

  • Friday, November 19, 2021
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Registration Required
  • Virtual Program

In honor of National Native American Heritage Month, Kay WalkingStick's il sogno del cortile (The Courtyard Dream) is the inspiration for this interactive conversation. Join us and share your observations, interpretations, questions, and ideas, and build on your own first impressions to broaden your understanding of this work of art. This session lasts one hour and is completely interactive. National Gallery educators will facilitate the conversation to create an environment for shared learning. These conversations will encourage you to engage deeply with art, with others, and with the world around you as you hone skills in visual literacy and perspective-taking.

This program is free and open to the public and is designed for anyone interested in talking about art. No art or art history background is required. Ages 18 and over.

Due to the interactive nature of this program, sessions are not recorded.

Live Captions

Live captions (CART) are available in some breakout rooms for this program. Please contact [email protected] to request access or for more information.