Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate

Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate is a visual arts exhibition encouraging a re-examination of international social justice. The exhibit features works by forty artists from across the United States reflecting upon and transforming volumes of white supremacist propaganda into thought-provoking, relevant works of art.

The impetus for the Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate exhibit came from the Montana Human Rights Network that acquired a large quantity of white supremacist books from a defector. The books were used as a catalyst for change through collaboration with curators at the Holter Museum of Art in Helena, Montana. The Holter Museum issued a national call to artists to participate in the exhibition to create art from the hate books and turn them to constructive, positive use. The impressive result—sculpture, painting, photography, collage, printmaking, book art, beadwork, and mixed media is insightful and inspiring.These artworks will be on display at the Emerson’s Jessie Wilber Gallery from October 15 – December 15 and the Helen Copeland Gallery at Montana State University from November 23 – December 18.

In addition, artworks by the curator, activist-artist Katie Knight, will be on display in the Emerson Lobby from October 15 – December 15. This exhibit, Travels to Namibia is a collection of Knight’s photographs, woodblock prints and quilts interpreting her human rights advocacy experiences in Africa. Katie Knight is also the curator of the Speaking Volumes exhibit that is traveling throughout Montana.

Meet Katie Knight at the opening reception for the Emerson exhibits, on Tuesday October 20th at the Emerson. She will give a gallery talk about her mixed media works at 5:30 pm followed by a 6 pm talk in the Wilber Gallery on curating the Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate exhibit.  Refreshments and a question/answer session will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

For further information please consult our website:; http://www.theemerson.org or contact  Ellen Ornitz, (406) 587.9797, ext. 104 or email: ellen@theemerson.org.