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Curtis Wallin: Crossing the Red River

A yellow human figure and dog stand in rippling red water
Curtis Wallin: My Hero

Crossing The Red River, an exhibition of work by Curtis Wallin (BFA 89), is on view at the New York Public Library’s Bloomington Library through February 282023.

Art always has a place in making society see there is hope and beauty around us.

Recently I have been feeling the weight of the world and of those who are being displaced and need to cross over to safety. From BIPOC, Ukraine, TLGBQIA+, women, families, and all who need to cross over to a new and safer space. For some, this crossing is physical and for others it is metaphorical. For some this is displacement, for others, this is reclaiming their rightful position of prominence and respect. It is movement. This journey of life.

The idea for these drawings and paintings came to me during the first months of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. I was listening to a friend, a concert pianist, play Beethoven’s Op. 27 #2 Sonata quasi una fantasia.

The initial image of a person standing in a swirling red river surrounded by a black world came to me. The subsequent drawings fed into the more significant ideas of people seeking a path to safety, acceptance, happiness, and life.

For more art and information please visit cur​tiswallin​.com.

Curtis Wallin: Crossing the Red River

Exhibition Dates: January 7 — February 282023
NYPL Bloomingdale Library, 150 W 100th St. NY, NY 10025