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Three channel video documentation regarding Beverly Buchanan, June 10-19, 2016, containing compressed audio and video to be played simultaneously. (Codec: ProRes 422; Aspect: 16x9; Resolution: 1920 x 1080; Framerate: 30; 30 GB / video channel; Stereo 16 bit 48. Khz) Running time: 00:28:05
In close consultation with notes, plans, and photographs by Buchanan, writer and curator Jennifer Burris and artists Park McArthur and Jason Hirata documented four of Beverly Buchanan's earthworks (Ruins and Rituals, Macon, Georgia, 1979; Unity Stones, Macon, Georgia, 1983; Marsh Ruins, Brunswick, Georgia, 1981; Blue Station Stones, Miami, Florida, 1986) in the summer of 2016. Commissioned by The Brooklyn Museum on the occasion of Beverly BuchananRuins and Rituals, a survey exhibition organized by Burris and McArthur, this three channel audio visual documentation recorded Buchanan's earthworks as they remain decades following their creation and sought to provide context for and connection between these public works and Buchanan's expansive artistic practice across media. This audio visual documentation continues to play a contextual role such that if it is to be presented publicly in an exhibition it is to be accompanied by examples of Buchanan's smaller-scale Frustula sculptures. Beverly BuchananRuins and Rituals opened at the Brooklyn Museum in October of 2016 and traveled, under the Directorship of Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, to The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art in September 2017.
Video documentation regarding the exhibition Beverly Buchanan: Ruins and Rituals, 2016. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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The Archives of American Art also holds the Beverly Buchanan papers.
Park McArthur and Jennifer Burris were guest curators for the exhibition Beverly BuchananRuins and Rituals coordinated by Catherine Morris, Sackler Family Curator for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, and Cora Michael, Associate Curator of Exhibitions, Brooklyn Museum. Beverly BuchananRuins and Rituals was part of A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum, a yearlong series of exhibitions celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. McArthur and Burris along with Jason Hirata created the video.
Donated in 2023 by Park McArthur, Jennifer Burris and Jason Hirata.
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