“GENOCIDE: Man’s Inhumanity to Humankind”
collects 65 works from Texas artists — including sculpture, mixed media, paintings, drawings and prints — that comment on a range of man-made atrocities from the Final Solution to nuclear warfare. “I wanted to make people aware of what happens in the past and what continues to happen,” says Kopriva, who hopes that viewers will stop to think about “what the artist is trying to convey about famine in Rwanda or civil war in Sudan.” The curated works are dark and edgy, delivering a message that remains relevant. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. September 30 through December 31. Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline. For information, call 713-942-8000 or visit hmh.org
. Free to $12.
Holocaust Museum Houston’s first contemporary juried exhibit, “GENOCIDE: Man’s Inhumanity to Humankind,” includes 65 selections representing 2D and 3D media. Works featured are from the more than 600 submissions by Texas area artists, with the exception of film and video.
This contemporary art exhibition explores the suffering humans are capable of bestowing on one another.
“GENOCIDE” is the brainchild of Holocaust Museum Houston’s changing exhibitions committee, including Gus Kopriva, owner of the Redbud Gallery in Houston, and Clint Willour, curator for the Galveston Arts Center. Willour also was the juror of the exhibition. He has served as juror for numerous commercial and non-profit organizations.
The topic of genocide is part of HMH’s mission to teach the dangers against hatred, prejudice and apathy. Through the eyes of each artists’ work, these lessons are reflected vividly, hauntingly and provocatively with the understanding of the brutality and senselessness of such acts.
Inviting artists with ties to Texas inspires collaboration with the museum and further promotes the programs and activities of HMH. Privately donated cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place and a catalogue will be produced.
“We as humans tend to exterminate each other,” says Gus Kopriva, who curated the Holocaust Museum Houston’s first contemporary juried exhibition. In an examination of our most tragic flaw,