On Tuesday night, October 8th, over 200 people gathered in the Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery in Annunciation Center to view the fall exhibition, Held Against Their Will. The exhibition, developed to coordinate with the annual Week of Holocaust Remembrance organized by the Holocaust Education Resource Center at the College, reveals how people around the world have been improperly imprisoned because of their gender, national origin, political beliefs, race and/or religion.
This important and timely exhibition includes the work of 13 artists whose images in paintings, drawings, mixed media sculptures, photographs, and lithographs address the horrors of illegal captivity during the Holocaust in Europe and in Cambodia, Columbia, Iraq, Russia and the United States at various times. The artists include Kiyomi Baird, Aileen Bassis, Daniel Heyman, Helen Kaar, Neal Korn, Diana Kurz, Len Merlo, Bob Ricciotti, Wayne Charles Roth, Hernando Rico Sanchez, Roger Shimomura, Lisa Westheimer and Sue Zwick.
As Virginia Fabbri Butera, Ph.D., the director of the Maloney Art Gallery and the curator of the exhibition notes, “Each artist uses different means and various incidents to reveal man's inhumanity to other men, women and children. The show was created to address prior discrimination, illegal restraint, kidnapping, torture, murder and genocide, events that still continue throughout the world today.”
On November 11, Held Against Their Will will be open for viewing from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, prior to the 7:30 program in honor of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht. This program will be held in Dolan Performance Hall in Annunciation Center and will feature speakers, Steven D. Smith, Executive Director, USC Shoah Foundation, and Pinchas Gutter, Holocaust Survivor (Poland) who will discuss “New Dimensions in Survivor Testimony: The Hologram Project.” On November 12 at 10:00 am and 12:00 pm, Dr. Butera will give tours of the art exhibition in Maloney Art Gallery for the campus and the public as part of the Week of Holocaust Remembrance programming.