History And Context


Christenberry’s Southern Monument

Christenberry described Southern Monument XI, as “a cube form with a sphere in the top and it is surrounded by a field of real Alabama red soil. It is an attempt on my part to evoke a feeling of a monument, albeit a somewhat abstract one that one might find in the landscape. The red soil is brought back from Alabama, my native state, and I obtain it from the landscape from one of my relative’s farms- and obviously there’s plenty of it there. Then I make a window-screen sifter here in Washington and sift the pine needles and pebbles and whatever out, and get it almost down to the scale of brown sugar, and then place that very carefully around the piece. So I hope the viewer would sense even more so the landscape with the red earth and the objects sitting in it.”

More Works by William Christenberry In the Collection


Green Warehouse (Distance View), Newbern, Alabama
William Christenberry
1981/printed 1995
Bloody Pond, Shiloh Battlefield, Tennessee
William Christenberry
1980/printed 1999
Rear of Cotton Gin, Greensboro, Alabama
William Christenberry
1984/printed 1999

Barry's Place, Greensboro, Alabama
William Christenberry
2000
Indian Mounds, near Moundville, Alabama
William Christenberry
1999
Sign, near Greensboro, Alabama
William Christenberry
1978/printed 2000

Kudzu and House, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama
William Christenberry
1979/printed 2000
Kudzu and House, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama
William Christenberry
1991/printed 2000
Black Building (Distant View), Newbern, Alabama
William Christenberry
1983/printed 2000