On November 11, 2021 — Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s 10th anniversary — artist Bethany Collins sat down with curator Austen Barron Bailly in Crystal Bridges’ North Forest to discuss Collins’ installation “America: A Hymnal,” which was on view at the museum September 11–November 29, 2021.
For the sound installation, Collins recorded six singers performing different versions of the popular American hymn “America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee),” which has been rewritten more than 100 times with lyrics supporting American causes such as revolution, suffrage, Native sovereignty, temperance, the Confederacy, and abolition.
Learn more about “America: A Hymnal” here: https://crystalbridges.org/calendar/bethany-collins-america-a-hymnal/
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