June 26–September 27, 2020

Bethany Collins: Evensong

Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery

Chicago-based artist Bethany Collins (b. 1984) explores the historic intersection of language and racism in her multimedia practice. She often manipulates and reprints existing written documents—such as the leading daily newspaper in Birmingham, Alabama, during the 1960s or the US Department of Justice’s report on the Ferguson, Missouri, police department—to critique the accuracy and completeness of official records. Since 2016, Collins has also examined passages from Homer's epic work The Odyssey that express the warrior's sense of unfamiliarity and sorrow with the homeland he finally returns to after the Trojan War.

At the Frist, a new artist book will feature one hundred versions of “The Star Spangled Banner,” most in support of a particular political or social cause. The multiple reinterpretations of this patriotic song—originally written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key, and the US national anthem since 1931—will offer opportunities for reflection on what it means to be an American, a particularly resonant topic during a presidential election year.

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