On the anniversary of Stephen Smith Fine Art's presentation of, "Flat Granny and Me: A Procession in My Mind", photographer and conceptual-artist Jenny Fine's newest performance, "In Unison" continues the story of Flat Granny.
Fine says of her performance: "Growing up in hills of Clarksville, Tennessee, clogging was a part of my grandmother (aka Flat Granny’s) cultural identity. So when my dance school in South Alabama started offering classes, she encouraged me and my sisters to take lessons. Clogging combines the jig brought to Appalachia by English, Irish, and German immigrants, buck dancing introduced to the American South by slaves, and the Cherokee Indian stomp introduced by Native Americans who escaped the Trail of Tears by hiding themselves in the hills of Appalachia.
"'In Unison' continues my practice of storytelling as an exploration of cultural memory in the form of dance. Combing photography, costume design, and live performance, 'In Unison' calls into question the historic form of the photograph and the body as moving image."
"In Unison" was commissioned by the Mobile Museum of Art as part of the exhibition, "do it", on view through July 1, 2018. "do it" was conceived and curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, and organized by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. In Alabama the exhibition features over 40 artists and community groups from throughout the region, including Stacey Holloway, curator of the upcoming two-part group exhibition, "In the Belly of the Beast", opening at Stephen Smith Fine Art on May 4 and June 29.
From the Mobile Museum of Art's website: "The origin and transformation of do it reflects the necessity of exploring collaboration and shared authorship in a constantly evolving art world. The project’s impetus is rooted in the extraordinary effects of globalization on curating and artistic practice in the 1990s, a time that witnessed an unprecedented expansion of the geographies of contemporary art. Twenty years later, do it has taken place in 60+ venues worldwide and includes nearly 400 artists from across the globe, giving new meaning to the concept of an exhibition in progress, while offering infinite creative possibilities for participating audiences everywhere."
Elizabet Elliott, Curator of Programs at the Mobile Museum of Art, will introduce this one-time-only performance and discuss the work in the context of the MMA's ongoing exhibition, "do it".
THE PROGRAM WILL BEGIN PROMPTLY AT 1PM.
"In Unison" will be followed by a brief Q&A with Elizabet Elliott and Jenny Fine.
THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Also on view and continuing through April 22 is "Don't Fence Me In", an exhibition reinterpreting the contemporary landscape featuring photography and installations by Edward Badham, Tony Bingham, Jamey Grimes, and Jerry Siegel. The gallery will remain open until 4pm for visitors to enjoy this exhibition.