Thursday, January 1, 2015

40 artists transform hate literature into art in Tulsa, Oklahoma

By James Watts
Clarissa Sligh turned pages from white supremacist books into origami
birds for her piece in the exhibit "Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate." Courtesy
OKLAHOMA---In December 2003, the Montana Human Rights Network was approached by a member of a white supremacist group called the World Church of the Creator. The man had become disillusioned with the organization and offered to give access to more than 4,000 volumes of racist literature that the group had stockpiled. The result is “Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate,” an exhibit of works by 60 nationally known artists, which debuted in 2008 at the Holter Museum. A touring version of the exhibit will open Friday at Living Arts of Tulsa, featuring works by 40 artists. For Knight, who continues to serve as curator and manager of the exhibit, “Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate” is something of a culmination of her life’s work. [link]