Controversial artist John Sims holds a listening party for his new 'AfroDixieRemixes' album at Rollins


You may remember an article we ran in June detailing the local performance of a 13-state art project called “13 Flag Funerals,” in which Sarasota artist John Sims organized a burning and/or burial of the Confederate Flag in all 13 of the Confederate states. It ruffled a few feathers, to say the least, but with just a couple of months’ hindsight anyone can see that it was on the leading edge of a nationwide sea change. “13 Flag Funerals” is part of Sims’ 15-year Recoloration Proclamation, an exploration in sculpture, performance, painting, design and sound of the effects of racism on the American psyche, focusing on the Stars and Bars as a symbol of oppression. Now Sims has been moved to take on the de facto anthem of the Confederacy, “(I Wish I Was in) Dixie.” Sims says that “to make the point that the African-American experience is central to any notion of Southern heritage,” he was “inspired to confront this song subversively via remixing, remapping and cross-appropiation.” Monday night he hosts a listening party in the Cornell galleries for The AfroDixieRemixes, a 14-track CD that recasts “Dixie” in what Sims calls “the many genres of black music: Spiritual, Blues, Gospel, Jazz, Funk Calypso, Samba, Soul, R&B, House, Hip Hop.” Tuesday night, Sims takes part in a Q&A about his ongoing body of work in Rollins’ Bush

7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, at Cornell Fine Arts Museum, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, at Bush Auditorium | Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park | | free


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