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“Break Glass: A Conversation to End Hate”

By Leslie Newell Peacock

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., Sept. 27-Dec. 31, reception 4 p.m. Sept. 27.

"Whitewash," work by V.L. Cox.

Little Rock artist V.L. Cox’s evolving “End Hate” sculpture project that addresses racism and LGBTQ animus has traveled from Little Rock to Virginia, Washington, D.C., New York and Montgomery, Ala. It returns to Arkansas with new works in an exhibition opening a couple of days before the dedication of the Elaine Massacre Memorial in Helena-West Helena on Sept. 29. The “Break Glass” name takes its name from one of the pieces in the show, a glass case enclosing a child’s tin-can telephone to be used “in case of emergency,” reminding us to learn to talk to one another again.” The Delta Cultural Center has also commissioned two works: One, “1904,” a bas relief on canvas of an emaciated man surrounded by bullet holes, mourns the slaughter of 13 black males by a white mob in St. Charles (Arkansas County). The other, “Moore v. Dempsey,” a courtroom chair modified with sculptured hands, commemorates the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling that helped free black men on death row after the 1919 massacre. The works, curator Drew Ulrich said, “compel viewers to confront the divisive racial antagonism of our past.” A reception will be held at 4 p.m. Sept. 27. Other works in the show include “Whitewash,” a concertina-wire-wrapped, whitewashed wooden gate painted with the rebel flag and drilled with holes to resemble Klan robes, and “Soles,” an 1896 wooden church dormer and a pair of shoes, the shoes a reference to the way her great-grandfather could identify his Klan-robed attacker.


September 27, 2019
2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Delta Cultural Center
141 Cherry St.
Helena-West Helena, AR United States
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