Item Details

America: A Hymnal

Bethany Collins
Format
Book
Published
Chicago, Ill. : Candor Arts and Patron Gallery, 2017.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Summary
This presentation by Bethany Collins consists of two separate works presented in dialogue, America; a hymnal, 2017, and the Birmingham News, 1963, 2017. The title piece ... is made up of 100 versions of My country 'tis of thee from the 18th-20th c., each rewriting in support of a passionately held cause-from temperance and suffrage to abolition and even the Confederacy-- articulates a version of what it means to be American. While the differing lyrics remain legible the hymnal's unifying tune has been burned and etched away. Bound and executed in the likeness of a shape note hymnal, in its many lyrical variations, America: a hymnal is a chronological re-telling of American history, politics and culture through one song." -- Publisher's statement and artist's website..
Description
[100] unnumbered laser-cut leaves ; 16 x 24 cm
Notes
  • Title from colophon leaf.
  • Edition limited to 25 copies. Design by Matt Austin and Bethany Collins. Bound by hand at Candor Arts in Chicago, August, 2017.
  • "This book is, by its very nature, extraordinarily fragile. Its nature changes visibly with each use, and that change is inherent to the artwork. Please turn the pages slowly and with care. If fragments fall from the page as you read, please leave them to accumulate in the book." -- Curator's note.
Local Notes
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Number 11 of the edition, numbered and signed by Collins. Original red cloth, all edges stained red. In publisher's red stiff paper box. Associates Endowment Fund, 2017/2018.
Technical Details
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