COLUMBIA -- The South Carolina State Museum will present a new exhibition, "Requiem for Mother Emanuel," by artist Leo Twiggs on Friday, Jan. 27, 2018, at 301 Gervais Street in Columbia.
The South’s complex racial past has long inspired powerful artistic statements from the renowned artist, yet the nine works created in the aftermath of the murders on the evening of June 17, 2015, at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston are perhaps the most compelling and poignant of his 60-year career. Within weeks of the shooting, Dr. Twiggs began painting as a cathartic means of coping not only with the horrors of the event, but also as an outlet for his amazement as South Carolinians united in grief and the Confederate battle flag was removed from the Statehouse grounds.
“My paintings are testimonies to the nine who were slain. But I also record another moment: our state’s greatest moment … a response that moved us from tragedy to redemption. For one shining moment, we looked at each other not as different races, but as human beings,” Twiggs said.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a seven-minute video featuring Twiggs and an exploration of the context, impetus and inspiration for the work.