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Paintings removed from Stephen Towns' solo show prompt discussion on empathy and emotion

Paintings removed from Stephen Towns' solo show prompt discussion on empathy and emotion

As artist Stephen Towns was heading south to watch the solar eclipse in South Carolina last month, pondering Nat Turner's epiphany which came to him during an eclipse in 1831 in Virginia, some of Towns' paintings that were inspired by Turner's rebellion were causing a stir at Goucher College.

Now, six paintings representing insurgents in Turner's rebellion, staring intently and grasping at nooses around their necks with raised fists, are absent from Towns' solo show "A Migration" in Goucher's Rosenberg Gallery. What you see now when you walk into the space are six blue tape rectangles on the wall in their place, a statement, and big vinyl lettering on a...

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