PRINT December 1999

Dan Cameron

1. “Places with a Past” (Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, SC, 1991) The premise behind curator Mary Jane Jacob’s project—without question the most well-executed site-specific exhibition ever organized on American soil—was that the ghosts of southern history would emerge through the eighteen contributions by twenty-three artists. Much of the work included, such as David Hammons’s House of the Future and Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler’s Camouflaged History, took on the authority of public commissions. Other memorable projects included Ann Hamilton’s investigation of the power of indigo, Christian Boltanski’s bleak inventory of the personal effects of an anonymous Charleston woman, and James Coleman’s eerie homage to southern Civil War “re-enacters.” Worth noting is the closed-minded fury with which composer Gian Carlo Menotti, artistic director of Spoleto, denounced Jacob’s exhibition after

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