On Thursday, October 26, artist John Sims performed his piece Confederate Flag: a Public Hanging in the Scripps Amphitheater. The performance featured the hanging of a Confederate flag on 13-foot gallows, symbolic of judgment and reckoning against the Confederate history of white supremacy, contemporary terrorism, and Jim Crow laws.
The artist states: “As Confederate flags and monuments come down all across the country, it is the time more than ever to bring the Confederacy, it’s history, symbols and icons to justice.”
After the performance, the work was taken to be displayed as The Proper Way to Hang a Confederate Flag, a part of the Kennedy Museum of Art’s exhibition Expression and Repression, which will be on display through December 22, 2017.
Take a look at these photos of the performance, taken by WOUB’s Nickolas Oatley.