Curated by Florence Derieux, the 2017 IN/SITU program explores the idea of time in various ways. Evoking terms such as immediacy, instantaneity, simultaneity, ubiquity, imminence, permanence, impermanence, chance, probability, memory, remembrance, these artists’ works question the temporal conditions, or episodes, that disturb our traditionally linear understanding of time and progress. In doing so, they allow us to experiment, evaluate, imagine, and reimagine our own relation to the real.
Written by the Rev. Samuel F. Smith in 1831, 'My Country ’Tis of Thee' (also known as 'America') debuted on July 4, 1831 by a children’s choir at the Park Street Church in Boston, Massachusetts. Long before Smith’s lyrics were sung aloud, the tune for 'America' served as the national anthem for at least six other countries, including the United Kingdom’s 'God Save the Queen.' And since Smith’s writing, the lyrics of 'My Country ’Tis of Thee' have been re-titled and re-written at least one hundred times.
Each re-writing was in support of a passionately held cause—from temperance and suffrage to abolition and even the Confederacy— each song articulating a particular version of what it means to be American. In 1839, the familiar lines of “My country ‘tis of thee / Sweet land of liberty,” morphed into the mournful verse:
My country! ’tis of thee,
Stronghold of Slavery,
Of thee I sing:
Land where my fathers died,
Where men man’s rights deride,
From every mountainside,
Thy deeds shall ring.
Saturday, September 16th, 12:00–1:00pm: Bethany Collins (Artist, PATRON, Chicago), Lavar Munroe (Artist, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco), and Dan Peterman (Artist, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago). Moderated by Florence Derieux (2017 IN/SITU Curator).
BETHANY COLLINS (b. 1984 Montgomery, AL) lives and works in Chicago, IL. Collins received an MFA from Georgia State University in Atlanta Georgia, a BFA from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL and attended the Glasgow School of Art, Capstone International in Glasgow, Scotland. Recent solo exhibitions includeAnother Country, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, MI;Gray Matters: Art en grisaille, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio;Eye of the Beholder , Tarble Arts Center, Charleston IL;Beyond Boundaries, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia;Excerpt, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York NY;In Evidence, Van Every/ Smith Galleries, Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina; The problem we all live with, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL; with the exception of the sky, Hudgens Center for the Arts, Duluth, Georgia, and Inquiry’s End, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, IL. Her work is included in the public collections of the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL; High Museum of Art, Atlanta , GA; Montgomery Museum of Arts, Montgomery, AL; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; Zuckerman Museum of Art at the Kennesaw Stats University, Kennesaw, GA; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL; and the Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA.