Curated By Katie Knight
In Conversation with Director, Laura Marsh
Explore creative ways to engage in conversations about race in the U.S. The exhibition represents 39 artists of various nationalities and races, which focuses on the process of community building and social recovery. Issues of police brutality, targeted acts of violence, and 16-years of school shootings are at the forefront of U.S. consciousness. Speaking Volumes extends a hand to artists, asking them to intervene and react to white supremacist books. Some deconstruct by omitting or adding to the texts, others transform the books into delicate forms. Each artist seems to be asking, as a nation, how can we promote diversity and positive change in response to the recent-past? Speaking Volumes is a seven-year traveling exhibition; it continues to become more relevant as it travels to us from Iowa, and we will welcome it before it departs in February for NY.
As a University of New Haven Cultural Center, Seton Gallery, extends her arms to promote positive change. I encourage you to respond to and be in dialogue with the past by accepting others in the present.
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, the 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.
Jane Waggoner Deschner
Ryan Sara Murphy
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith
Cathy Weber Valetta
Mon-Thu:11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri-Sat:12:00 pm - 4:00 pm