Christenberry’s Klan Tableau to be subject of Alabama arts lecture

AUBURN – In a special lecture commemorating the Year of Alabama Arts, Allen Tullos of Emory University will present “Approaching the Terrortory: William Christenberry’s Klan Tableau” on Tuesday, March 6, at 4 p.m. at Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. The talk is part of the “New Perspectives: Looking at 20th-Century Alabama Art” series.

Tullos is associate professor of American Studies at Emory University. His discussion of the work of acclaimed artist and Alabama native Christenberry will focus on the Klan Tableau, an ongoing mixed-media work that the artist has labored on for more than forty years. The piece contains hundreds of items filled with Klan imagery and symbolism, including dioramas, found objects, drawings, sculptures, paintings and dolls.

Christenberry, born in Tuscaloosa in 1936, is a photographer, painter, sculptor, teacher and arts advocate who is considered one of the most influential southern artists working today. Tullos will discuss the Klan Tableau in the context of the artist’s biography as well as American history and the art of the South.

A past editor of the journal “Southern Changes,” Tullos is senior editor of the online journal “Southern Spaces.” He has worked in film, notably as a co-producer and sound recordist on the award-winning documentary films “Being a Joines: A Life in the Brushy Mountains” and “A Signing Stream: A Black Family Chronicle” in the American Traditional Culture Series. He serves as producer of the documentary “Tommie Bass.” Tullos has published numerous articles and book chapters on American popular music, southern film and visual culture. He is Web site coordinator for the public radio program, American Routes, at http://americanroutes.com/.

The lecture, part of a statewide series, is co-sponsored in Auburn by the AU Department of Art, the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art and the Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts. For information call (334) 844-4946.

The state series is sponsored by Auburn University’s Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, go to www.auburn.edu/cah or call 334-844-4946.

(Contributed by Jay Lamar.)

Contact: Mark Wilson, (334) 844-4946 (wilsom3@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)