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Marietta College’s Art Department will present “Bitter Land” an exhibition by Californian artist Carla Jay Harris in collaboration with Brenda Stevenson, which will be on view for most of the fall semester.

The exhibition will be housed in Gallery 310 from September 6 to December 1 with an artists’ reception from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on October 14.

310 Gallery artwork is shown courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles.

“Bitter Land” is a collaborative multimedia installation project exploring the historical experience of black people. Harris ponders the impact of Jim Crow’s shadow on the lives of his elders and the larger question of what aspects of the past are remembered, represented and reproduced in contemporary society?

The installation is like a living room, a familiar domestic space in the heart of a house. The walls of this space are lined with an original, yet culturally and historically derived motif, encrusted with distinctly chosen photographs featuring black women across generations, landscapes and rituals during the Jim Crow era in the United States.

The paper consists of 12 panels that cover the walls. The photographs were chosen largely from the archives of the Library of Congress, the de facto national library of the United States. The title is taken from the 1960s blues song “This Bitter Land” written by Clyde Otis and sung by legendary women of the blues and rhythm and blues singers Dinah Washington, Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Mikki Howard.

Gallery 310 is on the third floor of the Hermann Center for Fine Arts at Marietta College. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays, or by appointment at [email protected] Gallery 310 observes all vacations and breaks at Marietta College. All exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.



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