God is Alive, Vidalia, Georgia

Gillian Laub, American, born 1975


May 2010

Color photograph


Image: 9 1/2 × 13 in. (24.2 × 33 cm)

Sheet: 11 × 14 1/16 in. (27.9 × 35.7 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Marina and Andrew E. Lewin, Class of 1981


Portfolio / Series Title

Southern Rites


Place Imaged: Vidalia, United States, North America

Place Made: United States, North America


21st century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Initialled, on white adhesive label, on reverse, lower right, in black ink: GL 4


Martin Luther King Jr. once called the church hour on Sunday morning “the most segregated hour of the week.” Fifty years later, it still holds true. In the South, religion serves as a comfort for many, both Black and white, but it cannot be denied that Christianity has also been weaponized against Black populations in the South, from its use to manipulate enslaved populations to its use as justification for segregation. This photo, taken in an area that held its first desegregated prom in 2010, asks us to consider who God is to the residents of Vidalia, Georgia.

From the 2022 exhibition A Space for Dialogue 104, Southern Gothic, curated by Abigail Smith '23, Conroy Intern

Course History

SART 30/SART 75, Photography II/III, Virginia Beahan, Spring 2022

Studio Art 29.01, Studio Art 30.01, Studio Art 75.01, Photography I/II/III, Virginia Beahan, Spring 2024

Exhibition History

A Space for Dialogue 104, Southern Gothic, Abigail Smith, Class of 2023, Conroy Intern, Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 8–February 27, 2022.


Marina and Andrew E. Lewin, New York, New York; lent to present collection, 2015; given to present collection, 2018.

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