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The Birmingham News, 1963

A work made of eighteen twice-embossed archival newsprint.

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  • A work made of eighteen twice-embossed archival newsprint.

Date:

2017

Artist:

Bethany Collins
American, born 1984

About this artwork

The Birmingham News, 1963 refers to a seismic year in the civil rights movement. Countless instances of police brutality and arrests of black civil rights participants culminated in President John F. Kennedy’s deployment of federal troops to Birmingham, Alabama. The tense standoff made daily headlines nationwide, but, as the selected covers from April 3 to May 13 testify, the Birmingham News purposefully downplayed the violence against African Americans. Critically interrogating the deep-rooted interrelations between race and language, Bethany Collins transforms these covers into a site of intervention that memorializes events ignored by the Birmingham press. Collins embossed, darkened, and distressed the front pages, reviving the very histories they ignored through this process of alteration and erasure. Emblematic of her conceptual and text-based practice, The Birmingham News, 1963 demonstrates how authored and institutional texts are always politicized, even when they take on the guise of objective reporting.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Contemporary Art

Artist

Bethany Collins

Title

The Birmingham News, 1963

Date

2017

Medium

Eighteen twice-embossed archival newsprint

Dimensions

48.3 × 63.5 cm (19 × 25 in.), each

Credit Line

Promised gift of the Joyner/Giuffrida Collection

Reference Number

Obj: 243293

Extended information about this artwork

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