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BMAC hosts curator tour of Kinder portrait exhibit

BRATTLEBORO—The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) presents a free tour of the exhibit “Steven Kinder: 552,830,” led by curator Katherine Gass Stowe, on Thursday, Aug. 27, at 7:30 p.m.

Stowe will offer the tour via Zoom and Facebook Live.

Taking its name from the number of people who were unsheltered in the United States in 2018, the exhibit features portraits of people experiencing homelessness. Kinder’s large-scale monochromatic canvases are suspended, unframed, from the gallery ceiling.

In a news release, Stowe described the exhibit as an “important contribution” to the national conversation about homelessness.

“Kinder has been meeting and working with people on the street for years, asking permission to take their photographs and offering compensation for the opportunity to paint their portraits,” Stowe said. “He is not speaking for the unsheltered. He simply wants to offer us a perspective on and a reflection of the person who has captured his attention.”

“And after that? He simply asks us to see them,” adds Stowe, a seasoned professional art curator advisor. She is founder and chief curator of James Company Contemporary Art Projects.

The exhibit is presented in partnership with Groundworks Collaborative, which provides support to those facing housing and food insecurities in the region. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit

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Originally published in The Commons issue #575 (Wednesday, August 19, 2020). This story appeared on page A6.

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