SIDNEY - The MonDak Heritage Center announces the opening of an unique exhibit, "Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate."
In December 2004, the Montana Human Rights Network office became holders of the largest known stockpile of World Church of the Creator "bibles," works created by Ben Klassen espousing a racist ideology. The network's initial interest in the books was removing them from circulation and denying the WCOTC the income the books provided. In the end, the network decided to use the books as part of an art project to stimulate public discussion about bigotry and intolerance.
The Montana Human Rights Network contacted the Holter Museum of Art in Helena and proposed a partnership of sorts, in which the museum would create an exhibition based on artists' transformation or response to the hate books. More than 100 artists from coast to coast responded to the museum's open invitation to reflect upon or transform white supremacist propaganda. The result - in sculpture, video, painting, photography, collage, printmaking, book arts, beadwork, fiber, and performance - opens a way for turning discriminatory prejudice into thoughtful and creative tolerance.
This show begins at the MonDak Heritage Center today and runs through Sept. 21. Admission is free, and memberships are welcome. The MonDak Heritage Center hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Fridays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The museum is also open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays. The MonDak Heritage Center is located at 120 Third Ave. S.E. in Sidney. For more information, call 406-433-3500.