“The Network is always on the cutting edge of efforts curtailing the bigotry and anti-Semitism that is fueling the white nationalism targeting our communities today. Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate is an outstanding example of the Network’s efforts.”
– Eric Ward, civil rights strategist & Executive Director at Western States Center
In the 1990s, the Montana Human Rights Network began to research and organize against white nationalist groups, including one now called The Creativity Movement. In 2003, a defecting leader of that group gave the Network 4100 copies of books that promote anti-Semitism, violence, racism, homophobia, and bigotry. Network directors conceived the idea of transforming the books into art art as a tool to organize resistance to white nationalism.
They invited Helena’s Holter Museum of Art to curate the exhibition. Artists from across the country responded enthusiastically to our invitation to transform white supremacist books into thought-provoking works. The Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate exhibition and accompanying programs are designed to increase awareness, stimulate dialogue, and motivate positive actions for equal rights.
Since it first opened at the Holter Museum in 2008, Speaking Volumes has traveled from coast to coast, to over 27 different museums and galleries.Organizations and venues interested in booking the show can contact MHRN at email@example.com
In the works, artists do transform hate. Even as they help us to bear witness to injustice, they also narrate personal and humanizing stories, show compassion for victims and perpetrators, juxtapose unlike elements to stimulate critical thinking, collaborate with others, use humor to break through barriers, and invite us into deeper dialogue with each other. Their works tell us that radical transformation is possible. Love can materialize through art. Please join communities across the nation who have explored this exhibition, practiced these strategies, and built stronger movements for justice.
After touring for a decade, the exhibition returned to Helena and the Holter Museum from October through December 2018. The exhibition included six new artists whose work addresses the political, social, historical, and environmental consequences of white supremacy as it moves from the margins to the mainstream of American society. The Network and other community partners in Helena also offered programs that highlight the goal of transforming hate that are available for replication in other communities. A list of the programmatic events here.
Dana Boussard & Ariana Boussard-Reifel
Ryan Sarah Murphy
Jane Waggoner Deschner
Maggy Rozycki Hiltner
Marc Morris & Shelly Murney
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith and Neal Ambrose-Smith
The exhibition and its accompanying educational materials are now available nationwide. Bring this programming to your community by contacting us firstname.lastname@example.org!
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