Richard Yarde: Ringshout

Richard Yarde, Ringshout, 2000, watercolor, 2 panels, 304.8 x 304.8 cm, Courtesy the artist.

Saturday, June 7 - Sunday, September 21, 2003

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The Worcester premiere of a new installation by this highly respected New England artist includes several of his signature large-scale watercolors encircling an ambitious central sculptural element. Richard Yarde creates work influenced by memory, dreams, and personal experience addressing issues of mortality and vulnerability, healing and rebirth. Yarde's conception of the body as a self-healing organism has shaped Ringshout, which takes its name and inspiration from a religious ceremony and healing ritual performed by African Americans during the slave era. Ringshout is guest-curated by Carol Scollans, professor of art history at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

This program is supported by the Don and Mary Melville Contemporary Art Fund and is funded in part by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Yarde to be featured on WGBH 2
Don't miss May's edition of Greater Boston Arts, an award-winning arts series on WGBH, featuring a profile of artist Richard Yarde. The segment explores Yarde's experience with a life-threatening illness and how it has influenced his work in Ringshout. The program airs on Channel 2 Wednesday, May 14 from 8:30-9 p.m. with encores at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 18 and at 1 and 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 25.