Staniar Gallery Exhibit Packs an Impact

The new exhibition that opened in the Staniar Gallery this week is a powerful and certainly worth a visit. William Christenberry is known mostly as a painter, photographer and sculptor whose work focuses on Hale County, Ala., where he grew up. The new exhibit, “William Christenberry: Site/Possession,” focuses on the artist’s drawings. According to the show’s curator, Andrea Douglas of the University of Virginia, Christenberry draws daily but this represents the first exhbition that examines that drawing practice. In addition to almost 200 drawings, the exhibit also includes the Klan Room Tableau, a space crowded with drawings, paintings, found objects, sculptures, dioramas, and a series of fabric dolls of klansmen in their hooded robes. Christenberry talked about the Klan Room in a 1995 video that is found on the Southern Spaces Web site. Several weeks before the exhibition was installed, Douglas discussed the exhibition in an interview that Laurie Lipscomb of the Office of Communications and Public Affairs recorded.

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