Museum exhibition displays work of photographer, Academy-nominated documentarian

Published: September 23, 2022

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On view through Sunday, Dec. 30, at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, “Spell, Time, Practice, American, Body: The Work of RaMell Ross” provides a comprehensive look into the mind of said artist over the past decade, mainly focusing on Ross’ time spent in Hale County.  

Ross is concerned with place, both physically and figuratively, and much of his work revolves around Black identity as forged in the American South. RaMell Ross wants, “to unburden the expectations of Blackness and toy with the power of personal experience and one’s relational proximity to communities to shape observations and, in turn, memories.” This theme extends to a variety of objects: mystifying photographs, clay sculptures of Santa Claus, bullets encased in red soil, a large tree trunk that sports Ross’ basketball shorts and even a large crate that Ross himself was shipped in during a 59-hour journey.  

To understand the full story, please follow @thejulemuseum on Instagram and visit the museum at 901 South College Street Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. or until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Admission is free.

Submitted by: Mason Williams

A wooden crate in a museum exhibition.

The work of RaMell Ross will be on display at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University through Dec. 30.