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

The Underground Club (Detail), Greensboro, Alabama
William Christenberry
1992/printed 2000
Grave with Silver Trim, Hale County, Alabama
William Christenberry
1982/printed 2000
Rev. B. F. Perkin's Place, Bankston, Alabama
William Christenberry
1988/printed 2000

Grave with Crimson Wreath, near Greensboro, Alabama
William Christenberry
1978/printed 2000
Star Object
William Christenberry
Night Spot, Marion, Alabama, 1972
William Christenberry
1971/reprinted 1991

Green Warehouse, Newbern, Alabama
William Christenberry
Door of House at Christmastime, Greensboro, Alabama
William Christenberry
1971/printed 1990
Grave with Egg Carton Cross, Hale County, Alabama
William Christenberry
1975/printed 1991