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Requiem for Mother Emanuel by Leo Twiggs

Requiem for Mother Emmanuel Exhibition, Leo Twiggs, South Carolina State Museum, Mother Emanuel

Image left – Requiem for Mother Emanuel #9.   Image right – Photo Credit: Jerry Siegel.


This exhibit is free with museum general admission or membership.

Adult (13-61): $8.95

Seniors (62 +): $7.95

Children (3-12): $6.95

Infants 2 and under: FREE

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Requiem for Mother Emanuel by Leo Twiggs

January 27 – April 29, 2018

South Carolina artist Leo Twiggs created the nine batik works of art featured in Requiem for Mother Emanuel, in the aftermath of the 2015 murders at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Painting provided a vehicle for the artist to process this awful event and search for meaning. The final series reveals his reflections on, not only the shooting, but also the the responses of the family members, the church and fellow citizens.

“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.” – Dr. Leo Twiggs

In addition to the nine batik works by Twiggs, the State Museum will also display a hand-made prayer quilt and other items from Mother Emanuel Church. The exhibition is also accompanied by a seven minute video, directed by Joe Clark of SailWind Inc., featuring Dr. Twiggs and an exploration of the context, impetus and inspiration for Requiem for Mother Emanuel.

For additional commentary from the artist about the work, listen to South Carolina Public Radio’s Walter Edgar’s Journal, April 17, 2017 episode.

Exhibit Programs

Circles of Dialogue

Tues., Feb. 20, March 20 and April 17, 2018 from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Discussion groups are being offered on the above Tuesday evenings throughout the run of Requiem for Mother Emanuel. Guests are invited to join a facilitator-led discussion group to explore their reactions to this thought-provoking exhibition. Any guest who purchases an exhibition ticket can return and participate in one of the discussions listed above or you can arrive early on that Tuesday to view the exhibit and then join the discussion. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to session.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no additional charge to participate, however space may be limited, so contact Group Visits at 803.898.4999 or email to sign up to participate.

Art Day: Honoring the work of Dr. Leo Twiggs

Sat., March 10, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Art Day will feature a variety of programs highlighting the work of artist and community leader Dr. Leo Twiggs, focusing on his exhibit Requiem for Mother Emanuel. Activities will include a gallery talk by Twiggs, music performances related to the exhibit, South Carolina artists working throughout the museum, behind-the-scenes tours, hands-on family activities and more.