Coronation Theme: Organon
American, born England, 1968
Nadine Robinson’s large-scale installations often rely on sound to explain complex narratives that address historic moments. For Coronation Theme, Robinson was inspired by the 1963 Project C (Confrontation) demonstration in Birmingham, Alabama, when nearly 1,000 children and young adults were fire-hosed by police for protesting segregation with a sit-in. The thirty loudspeaker cabinets issue a chorus of sounds: organ music, sermons, songs, prayers, and protests. The architectural arrangement of the speakers recalls a large pipe organ and is loosely based on the façade of Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church.