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Independent Film Series: Radical Naturalism

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On Thursday nights this summer, venture to The Jule for experimental and creative films, free of charge and open to everyone. Each selection is programmed with “Radical Naturalism.” Award-winning filmmakers explore new relationships with nature, image-making techniques, interview subjects and cultural investigations.

What is “Radical Naturalism?”

Guest curators and contemporary artists inspired by nature consider the environment and conservation by creating new work and researching Auburn’s collection of Audubon etchings and other natural history collections.

Free Admission | Open Auditorium Seating | Donations Welcome and Appreciated

Special Musical Guests on June 2

Lefty Bey
Musical collaborator with artist Tommy Coleman

Austin ‘Lefty’ Bey is a multi-instrumentalist & singer from Baltimore, Maryland. While growing up in West Baltimore, Hip-Hop culture, along with his family influenced Bey to express himself musically. From a relatively early age, Bey spent his time learning to curate sound, producing for acts in Baltimore. Mainly his uncle, Rickie Jacobs; then for himself.


Photo by Nick Hughes
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Photo by Michael Crowe

Produced Exclusively for The Jule

Cinephiles, deck your walls with the film series poster by artist Jason Sturgill. This limited edition screenprint measures 18×24 and is only available in The Museum Store. Your purchases support programs like the Independent Film Series.

Illustrated promotion of the museum's independent film series with dates and film titles

Object Lab: Radcliffe Bailey’s “Tobacco Blues”

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What family photos from the past are special to you? How can they help us to better understand each other in the present?

Radcliffe Bailey explores American history and familial memory to encourage healing and reflection through art.

In “Tobacco Blues,” Bailey centers a photograph of tobacco plants on his grandfather’s farm in Virginia. He surrounds this image with a patchwork of different shades of blue, arching vines and branches, and drawings of historic African American architecture.  He bridges the gap between past and present with the inclusion of words from contemporary African American poetry.

By Christy Barlow
School & Community Programs Senior Manager
Education, Engagement & Learning

Cross and vine imagery surround an archival photo of a Virginia tobacco farm.

Radcliffe Bailey
“Tobacco Blues,” 2000
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The Jule Museum Podcast – Episode 2: Burning Books

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Kristen Tordella-Williams, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Auburn University, discusses her work in Faculty Exhibition Seven at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, on view January 28 through July 31, 2022.…exhibition-seven/

The Jule Museum Podcast – Episode One: “Drawing and the Brain”

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Barb Bondy and Jeffrey Katz talk about their research study “Observational drawing in the brain” at Auburn University.

For more information about this research project:…2839322100213X

This research project was made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Auburn University and the AU MRI Research Center.

Measurement of Museum Social Impact (MOMSI)

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The Jule is partnering with the Utah Division of Arts & Museums on a national research study to evaluate the social impact museums have on their communities. There is an open call for individuals to participate in the study.

Existing participants are asked to visit three times through May 2022. You can visit the galleries or attend one of our engaging programs. After the final visit, there is a 30-minute online survey your experience.

Those who complete the survey will qualify for a grand prize drawing. Both first-time visitors and regular visitors are welcome to participate.

Submit an application at For questions, contact the museum at 334-844-1484 or email at

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