December 5, 2016

William Christenberry: Laying-by Time

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
(1) William Christenberry, Bag Doll, c. 1997. Mixed media, approximately 12 x 3 inches, from the Klan Room Tableau, 1962–2007. Mixed media. Collection of the artist. (2) William Christenberry, House at Christmastime, 1993–94. Mixed media, 17 x 31 x 21 inches. Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Courtesy of the R.C. Kemper Charitable Trust and Foundation. (3) William Christenberry, Church Across Cotton Field, Pickensville, Alabama, 1973. Digital print from 35 mm negative, 6 3/4 x 10 inches on 11 x 14 inch paper. Collection of the artist.

Highly-charged klan room tableau comes to MICA as part of Christenberry’s Laying-By Time exhibition

Taking its name from the term used in rural agricultural communities to describe the summer period when farmers have completed their preparation of the crops and anxiously await the harvest, Laying-by Time is a survey of work of by the renowned artist William Christenberry that reflects on his upbringing in Hale County, Ala., and his yearly pilgrimages to the area to experience this quiet, yet restive period.

The exhibition will be on display from December 9 through March 12 at Maryland Institute College of Art’s Decker Gallery in the Fox Building, at 301 W Mount Royal Ave.

As part of the exhibition, MICA will host a series of special events that are open to the public. For more information, go to:

About MICA
Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 65 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.

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William Christenberry at Maryland Institute College of Art

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