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Freeman Vines: Hanging Tree Guitars

  • Presented By Greenville Museum of Art
  • Dates 11/10/2020, 12/10/2020, 1/10/2021
  • Time 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Freeman Vines: Hanging Tree GuitarsNow - January 9, 2021This exhibition introduces the work of ENC artist Freeman Vines (b. 1942) through a display of freehand sculpted guitars and narrative quotations alongside photographic studies of the artist and his environment. This exhibition illuminates the ways in which his artwork embodies intersections of racial prejudice, spirituality, and traditional music in the American South. Vines’ home of Greene County was a hotbed of Klan activity, including billboards dotting the landscape declaring, “You are in the heart of Klan country.” Hanging Tree Guitars engages themes of memory, racial identity, and spirituality. This exhibition provides a deeper understanding of the role of traditional music in the rural South, and how it has inspired the work of a visual artist like Vines, even as he faced a lifetime of prejudice, oppression, and violence.