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ARTalk Online: September 1, 2020, 5 to 6 pm

Richard Haynes Whispering Quilts

A family of color is walking from right to left.

Richard Haynes, Bow Tie, 2003, Caran d’Ache on paper, courtesy of the artist.

Join artist Richard Haynes and Andrew Spahr, director of curatorial affairs for a discussion of Haynes’s series of drawings titled Whispering Quilts, currently on view at the Currier Museum of Art.

This series tells the story of an enslaved family’s dangerous journey along the Underground Railroad from bondage in the South to freedom in Canada. The narrative of hope, struggle, and freedom is based on historic accounts of enslavement and escape. The scenes are intertwined with traditional quilting patterns to create dynamic and colorful compositions. The artist uses bright colors to suggest the hope and joy that can be found in even the most horrific situations.

This talk is the first of the Currier’s virtual ARTalk series held monthly on Tuesday evenings. All ARTalks in this series will be held online via Zoom and open to the first 100 registrants. The talk will be livestreamed on the Currier’s Facebook page for unlimited viewing.


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Haynes is an artist and educator based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and has been cited in and has contributed to the following published works: Regalia, Native American Dance, Strawberry Bank, A Seaport Museum 400 Years in the Making, Portsmouth Unabridged: New Poems for an Old City, and The Great Shape Hunt. His art addresses the African American experience from enslavement to freedom, and from labor to artistic expression. His work is featured in the Currier Museum’s collection, and he has been an artist-in-residence at the Currier Art Center.

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