Sunday Service Series
2014 - present
What is Sunday Service
Sunday Service consists of a collection of miniaturized models of outdoor church signage used by churches to make an announcement to the general public. The signage consists of paraphrased titles of sermons protesting discrimination against African Americans. Social reformer, farmer, preacher, and civil-rights pioneer, Vernon Johns who was Dr. Martin Luther King’s predecessor at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, in Montgomery, Alabama authored the sermons and presented these titles on the exterior signage before every church service in the 1940s
American social reformer and preacher Dr. Vernon Johns (1892 – 1965), considered by some as the father of the American Civil Rights Movement, was a man known rarely to mince his words. Assertive and unapologetic, he would display blunt and often controversial sermon titles on the exterior signage of his church (Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama) before services began. Now Southern California artist and curator Chris Christion has created a series of work using the titles of John's sermons, titled 'Sunday Service'; and these sermons written in the 40s are relevant now more than ever.