09/29/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/29/2017 09:08
Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate showcases the diverse work of 39 artists who have transformed thousands of anti-Semitic and racist books into an uplifting and dynamic exhibition. The exhibition - open now through December 16, 2017, at Washburn University's Mulvane Art Museum -- is visually powerful, thought-provoking, sometimes humorous, always challenging, and ultimately deeply moving.
The story of Speaking Volumes began in 2003 when the Montana Human Rights Network in Helena, Montana, acquired more than 4,000 copies of white supremacist books from a defecting leader of one of the most virulent hate groups in the nation. The Human Rights Network, through a partnership with the Holter Museum of Art in Helena, implemented its vision of transforming the books into works of art with a positive message.
Katie Knight, then Curator of Education at the Holter Museum, used her twenty-five years of experience in social justice art and education to guide the community partnership as they developed Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate. As ongoing curator and manager of the exhibition, she continues to provide logistical and programming support to all museums and galleries that host the exhibition.
After opening in January 2008 at the Holter Museum of Art, Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate toured for nearly three years to eleven Montana venues with accompanying educational programs and curriculum. The Montana Human Rights Network sponsors and directs the current national tour, which has been successfully hosted in diverse venues ranging from the Gotthelf Art Gallery at the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture to the Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, part of the City University of New York.
Continuing with the theme of human rights and social justice, the Mulvane Art Museum in collaboration with the Tonantzin Society of Topeka will present a series of panel discussions with Chicana artists about how their art serves as a witness to the histories and struggles of the communities. The Midwestern Chicana Symposium will include a poetry reading on Thursday, October 12 at 6:00 pm by Demetria Martinez (Mother Tongue and Other Stories & Poems), a reception that same day at 7:00 pm for Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate and two other ongoing exhibitions, and panels discussion and conversations with guest artists and scholars on Friday, October 13 from 10:00am - 4:30 pm.
There will be a conversation on Speaking Volumes in the gallery with faculty and students as we explore artists' responses to the artwork on Tuesday, November 14 at 5:30pm.For more information about this exhibit and its events, visit the Mulvane Art museum website (http://www.washburn.edu/about/community/mulvane-art-museum/), call (785-670-2427), or email at [email protected]