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Southern Spaces
A journal about real and imagined spaces and places of the US South and their global connections

Place, Time, and Memory

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Published September 28, 2007


William Christenberry, 2007.

In this abridged version of an illustrated lecture given at Emory University on February 26, 2007, artist William Christenberry introduces major themes in his work and presents examples from more than forty years of photography, drawing, painting, and sculpture centered upon his home state of Alabama.

Place, Time, and Memory

Part 2Works that reveal the passage of time and nature upon buildings and landscapes

Part 3: Origins and intentions ofChristenberry's “Klan Tableau,” the creation of “Dream Buildings,” and later sculptures

About William Christenberry

Born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on November 5, 1936, William Christenberry was a painter, photographer, and sculptor whose work drew upon the subject matter of Alabama—from gourd trees, landscapes, vernacular buildings, and red dirt to the terror of the Ku Klux Klan—to create art that speaks to such broad themes as the depopulation of the rural landscape, the effects of time's passage upon the material world, the hubris of monumentality, and the fatal attractions of evil. A graduate of the University of Alabama, Christenberry lived in Washington, DC, from 1968 until the time of his death in 2016. He taught drawing and painting at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. An enormously productive and prolific artist, Christenberry's work is widely exhibited and collected by major museums and galleries in the United States and in Europe.

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