Curator to lead online tour of exhibit on homelessness

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BRATTLEBORO — A curator will lead a free online tour Thursday of the exhibit "Steven Kinder: 552,830" at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.

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.

Curator Katherine Gass Stowe, who will lead the tour, described the exhibit as an "important contribution" to the national conversation about homelessness, "particularly in a town like Brattleboro, Vermont, which, like many communities throughout the United States, is struggling with issues around housing insecurity."

Stowe will offer the tour via Zoom and Facebook Live at 7:30 p.m. To access the livestream, visit brattleboromuseum.org.

"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."

Stowe is the founder and chief curator of James Company Contemporary Art Projects. She is the contracted curator for Bank of America in the New York metropolitan region and has held posts at The Whitney Museum and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. She received her master's in the History of American Art Advocacy from The Gallatin School, New York University.

The exhibit is presented in partnership with Groundworks Collaborative, which provides ongoing support to families and individuals facing housing and food insecurities in the greater Brattleboro area, and is supported in part by a grant from the Thomas Thompson Trust.

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