Laying-by Time

Revisiting the Works of William A. Christenberry

On view Dec. 9, 2016 - Mar. 12, 2017

Decker Gallery: Fox Building

1303 W Mt Royal Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21217

Gallery hours:
Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.

Laying-by Time highlights a broad sample of work by William Christenberry. Drawing on his explorations, recollections and interpretations of Hale County, Ala., Christenberry balanced the beauty, hopefulness and resilience of the deep south against its tensions, pathos and flaws. Moving fluidly between painting, photography, sculpture and drawing, the artist wove a story that is simultaneously celebratory and melancholy, inviting and inhospitable.

The exhibition includes examples of the artist's lesser-known works alongside iconic imagery, as well as the charged and rarely exhibited Klan Room Tableau, a dense multimedia installation that is his response to the Ku Klux Klan and human capacity for hatred and violence. The exhibition is an opportunity to consider the artist's practice and influences, as well as his work's relevance against a backdrop of contemporary concerns.

Opening Reception

Friday, December 9, 2016, 5 - 8 p.m.
Decker Gallery, Fox Building

Revisiting William Christenberry: Southern Narratives

Sunday, December 11, 4 p.m.
Falvey Hall, Brown Center

Panel discussion moderated by Kimberly Graham, exhibition curator.

With: George Hemphill, owner of Hemphill Fine Arts; Renee Stout, friend and fellow artist; and Neely Tucker, author and journalist.

An Intimate Window: Gallery Walk & Talk with Sandy Christenberry

Wednesday, February 22, noon

This Gallery talk will take place amidst the Laying-by Time exhibition as the curator and the artist's wife reminisce and reflect.

Sponsored by the Art History Art @ Lunch program

Generating Conversations: Against a Backdrop of Contemporary Concerns

Monday, February 27, 7 - 9 p.m.
Falvey Hall, Brown Center

A panel discussion moderated by Dr. DaMaris Hill, artist, writer, educator, social justice advocate. With Judy Norrell, collector of Southern literature, art and history; Paul Rucker, visual artist, composer and musician; and Tanya Garcia, artist, community activist.

The program is produced in partnership with Morgan State University.

To Sleep with Anger

Tuesday January 31, 8 p.m.
Falvey Hall, Brown Center

Presented by Director Charles Burnett

Welcome to Leith

Thursday February 23, 8 p.m.
Falvey Hall, Brown Center

Presented by Directors Michael Nichols and Christopher Walker

The Night of the Hunter

Wednesday March 8, 8 p.m.
Falvey Hall, Brown Center

Presented by Film Critic Steven Whitty