Join us Thursday, June 16, 3:00-4:00 pm, at the Paul R. Jones Museum, when artist Tony Bingham will talk about his installation, “Down by the Riverside.” Bingham’s installation draws from African American baptismal rites historically performed on the banks of three local waterways: the Black Warrior River, Hurricane Creek and Little Sandy Creek. The work is accompanied by a recording of three spirituals arranged especially for Bingham by Earl Hazell, basso cantante and executive director of Jazzoperetry, and performed by UA professors Dr. Luvada Harrison, soprano, and Dr. Alexis Davis-Hazell, mezzo soprano, with Mr. Hazell.
FLOW at the Paul R. Jones Museum features installations by Kelly Taylor Mitchell and Tony Bingham. These artists share a focus on ritual, labor and the Black experience. Both draw from research to reflect their personal and communal histories that continue to impact and shape our world. In their work, waterways are understood as sources of life, power and healing.
Multidisciplinary artist Tony M. Bingham holds degrees in communications, film and community media from Antioch and Goddard colleges and an MFA from Georgia State University. Bingham’s work explores communities and public space – sites of enslaved, extractive or industrialized labor – throughout Alabama. By making reference to unmarked burial sites and vernacular headstones, he calls into question where, how and who we collectively remember. Bingham currently teaches studio art at Miles College in Fairfield.
Flow Tuscaloosa is supported by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Alabama Humanities Alliance and the Alabama Visual Arts Network.
The Paul R. Jones Museum at 2308 Sixth Street, Tuscaloosa, is open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., First Fridays, 12 noon–8 p.m.
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